Having run away with the 2019-20 Premier League, Liverpool started the new campaign in a similar fashion, with talismanic attacker Mohamed Salah opening the scoring from the penalty spot after just four minutes following a handball from Leeds defender Robin Koch.
Oscar Emboaba Junior and Yu Hai made the season's Chinese Super League title contender lead 2-0 in the first half against Chongqing Lifan.
Veteran striker Roberto Soldado put Granada ahead after just four minutes with a left-foot volley from Yangel Herrera's cross and the Spanish side's nerves were well and truly calmed six minutes later, when Kenedy doubled their lead.
Maracana SA made the decision to carry out the unscheduled facelift to capitalize on a fixturing quirk that has left the stadium without football for almost two weeks.
"This is our last friendly and it is a good test because we are playing a La Liga side and it will allow us to see how we are physically and also in terms of our football and quality," he said in a press conference.
Earlier in the day, women's 200m saw Kong Lingwei win with 23.64s as top favorite Ge failed to finish the race.
MADRID, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- FC Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman had a message for striker Luis Suarez after watching his side win a pre-season friendly 3-1 against Girona on Wednesday night.
The plane carrying Bale, who will play on loan at the team he left to join Real Madrid in 2013, touched down at Luton Airport (north of London) at around 1 p.m. local time. Spain international left-back Sergio Reguilon, who will also join Spurs in a move worth around 30 million euros, was also on the plane.
NAIROBI, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Kenya's football club Gor Mahia are waiting for the go-ahead from the government to resume sporting activity before embarking on preparations to represent the nation at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League next season.
Haaland remained center stage as he drilled the subsequent free-kick from the edge of the box into the top-left corner to make it 3-0.
"Unfortunately, I won't be able to play the French Open this year. My hamstring is still sore, so I won't have enough time to prepare for the clay," Osaka said on Twitter and Instagram.