SUZHOU, China, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- Hebei China Fortune has secured the eighth spot in the Chinese Super League after beating Wuhan Zall 2-0 here on Friday.
The 33-year-old, who netted 21 goals last season despite needing a knee operation, was filmed at Barca's training ground in tears on Wednesday and the move could be confirmed in a matter of hours. Enditem
The Swede, who will turn 39 next month, just renewed deal with the club in late August. The hitman bagged a brace to help Milan claim the opening victory of the new Serie A season. Enditem
The single-leg match was played behind closed doors in the city of Petah Tikva, after Beer Sheva's Turner Stadium was closed last month amid structural concerns.
The league debut comes after another difficult week, which followed a complicated summer in the wake of Barca's 8-2 thrashing to Bayern Munich in the Champions League. That defeat saw Quique Setien sacked as coach and replaced by Koeman and led to a clear out of the dressing room, which has so far seen Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal, Arthur Melo, Nelson Semedo and Luis Suarez all leave the club.
This Friday saw Messi publish a 'goodbye' letter of Suarez, his friend and strike partner for the past six seasons, who this week signed for Atletico Madrid after scoring 198 goals for the club.
It has a decent record against Real Madrid with two wins and a draw in their last three games, the last of those being a 2-1 victory in the Benito Villamarin stadium. Nabil Fekir is fit to start and will probably play alongside Borja Iglesias and Sergio Canales. Enditem
Given those circumstances, Bartomeu will probably breathe a small sigh of relief there will be no fans in the ground for the league debut, because he would certainly receive a chorus of boos and whistles. As things are Koeman has to create a positive atmosphere in the side with Messi, who is clearly unhappy and in no mood to hide his feelings.
Yan, 20, faced his fourth-round opponent Aaron Hill after the 18-year-old had stunned six-time world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan earlier in the draw, but only managed to claim one frame against Yan, who ranks 15th in the world.
About 10 minutes later, Chongqing enlarged the lead as Brazilian forward Fernandinho Silva cut in from the left, assisting his fellow peer Alan Kardec to make it 2-0 in the first half.
Pirlo replaced Maurizio Sarri to become the head coach of Juve's senior squad in August, just 10 days after the maestro took charge of the U-23 team.