MADRID, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- Real Madrid kicked off their title defense with a draw away to Real Sociedad this weekend, while Villarreal showed their firepower and Granada ended a perfect week. Here are some things we learned during Matchday 2 in La Liga.
With the win, Esteghlal edged Al Shorta on goal difference to finish second behind Al Ahli, who were confirmed group winners before the match. Enditem
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.
Real opened their season with a 0-0 draw away to Real Sociedad on Sunday after 90 minutes where they controlled the ball for large periods, but failed to create the clear chances needed to take all three points. It's true they still lack match practice after just one warm up game and that Martin Odegaard gave glimpses that he will slot into the side with few problems. Meanwhile the return of Eden Hazard, Marco Asensio and Isco after injury should also help Zinedine Zidane, but for the moment it looks as if scoring enough goals is again going to be Zidane's main headache this season.
He clocked an impressive 3:28.45 to win the 1,500m in Monaco, just four one-hundredths of a second outside his lifetime best.
JIANGMEN, China, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- Jiangsu snatched a full-set (25-22, 23-25, 21-25, 28-26, 15-10) victory over Tianjin in the Chinese Women's Volleyball Championship here on Saturday.
Diego Martinez's side go into the match after a flying start to the season that has seen them will all three of their matches: as well as their win in Albania, Granada have won La Liga matches at home to Athletic Club and Alaves and are currently league leaders in Spain (a position they have held just three times in the club's history.)
The outbreak follows Flamengo's week-long trip to Ecuador for a Copa Libertadores double-header against Independiente del Valle and Barcelona SC.
In Group D, Al Sadd SC tied Al Nassr 1-1 and both made it to the Round of 16 after Sepahan settled for a 0-0 draw with Al Ain in Monday's late match. Enditem
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
DALIAN, China, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Jiangsu Suning stunned defending champion Guangzhou Evergrande 2-1, while Shandong Luneng beat Henan Jianye 2-0 in the 13th round of the Chinese Super League (CSL) here on Thursday.