The 79,000-seat Maracana, which hosted the World Cup deciders in 1950 and 2014, was this month described as having the worst playing surface in Brazil by Flamengo vice-president Marcos Braz.
BERLIN, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Hoffenheim saw off courageous Chemnitzer FC 3-2 following a penalty shootout whereas Stuttgart and Bayer Leverkusen got the job done with more ease to get through the opening round in the German Cup on Sunday.
"Seven is my favorite number, so I guess it's meant to be," Azarenka said, joking about the gap between major final appearances. "I'm very grateful for this opportunity, to be able to play such a champion in a semifinal. The road to the final requires you to beat the best players, and today was definitely that day."
Nunes, who resigned from Athletico Parananense to take charge of Corinthians last November, led the Sao Paulo-based outfit to 10 wins, 10 draws and eight defeats.
"From the perspective of a 90-minute game, it is reasonable for Guoan to seal the victory. I still want to praise all the team members because they showed high morale on the pitch," said Teda head coach Wang Baoshan.
Earlier in the day, Monaco beat Nantes 2-1 at home to move atop of the league standings on goal difference. Enditem
Nuremberg remained harmless and had to swallow a third goal as Hwang rounded off his powerful performance by scoring his maiden goal for Leipzig in the dying minutes of the game.
A Villarreal side with Unai Emery making his debut as coach and with Dani Parejo, Francis Coquelin and Take Kubo arriving over the summer, looks as if it will be too strong for second division champions Huesca on their return to the elite before the day ends with a Valencia derby.
Meanwhile, Gremio ended their run of six matches without a victory by beating Bahia 2-0 away from home. Alisson and Darlan Mendes were on target for the visitors, who moved up to 10th in the standings.
DALIAN, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Guangzhou Evergrande coach Fabio Cannavaro marked his 47-year-old birthday with a victory as the defending champions of the Chinese Super League beat Shandong Luneng 2-1 here on Sunday.
The 1.31 billion euros (1.55 billion U.S. dollars) Serie A earned from broadcast rights for the 2019-20 season is less than half the 3.5 billion euros (4.1 billion dollars) earned by the English Premier League, which was the highest among the European football leagues. Enditem