FC Barcelona's positive start under Ronald Koeman had produced two wins and seven goals without reply in their first two matches of the season, but that positive start was halted as they were held 1-1 at home to Sevilla on Sunday evening.
"This was to say the least, one of my most difficult races. The altitude took a toll on me and it simply took away my breath. I just can't remember much of the race. I am happy to win in such conditions in my personal best time. I just say it was a solid performance and I am happy to wrap up my season with a win. I will take two weeks break before starting my winter preparations," said Awuah.
"I think it was played out at a few points really. These are a few points that rocked the game. I did not know how to seize the opportunities that I had mainly in the first but also in the second set. This is what made the difference today," Burel commented on her performance in brief.
Real Madrid's 2-0 win away at Levante takes them into the international break as league leaders, but you would be wrong to think all was plain sailing for Zinedine Zidane's side.
Although it is still very early days, the signs are much better at FC Barcelona than many expected before the season started. Ronald Koeman's team has won its first two games with ease, netting a total of seven goals without conceding and the image on the pitch has been much better than the side that looked sad and tired during Quique Setien's time in charge.
Paranaense reduced the deficit courtesy of a Renato Kayzer header but Everton Ribeiro put the result beyond doubt when he lashed home from 20 yards after combining with Giorgian de Arrascaeta.
The pair have not played for their country since the Cafeteros' penalty shootout defeat to Chile in the quarterfinals of last year's Copa America in Brazil.
"It's not what we wanted but for now those players aren't available," Farias said. "I'm confident we can compete with the players we have".
Ajax had more possession and more chances in the first half, but it was Groningen that found the net after the restart. Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana stopped a shot from Groningen striker Jorgen Strand Larsen, but he had no answer to the rebound from 19-year-old forward Remco Balk.
Saturday also sees Valencia, who is second after a 1-0 win away to Real Sociedad, entertains Real Betis, who has lost consecutive matches after its winning start to the campaign. Betis coach Manuel Pellegrini needs an improvement after the poor first half display that saw his side thrashed 3-0 at Getafe on Wednesday.
Last year "champion" Banska Bystrica (crowned after the abrupt end of the 2019/2020 season in March caused by the COVID-19 strike and subsequently stripped of the title as the governing body decided not to crown a champion of the shortened season) and the runner-up Slovan Bratislava are still trying to find their lost forms, losing their respective second-round fixtures.