Scaloni confirmed the Albiceleste will be without Paulo Dybala for the match because of a stomach problem, while Sevilla midfielder Marcos Acuna is doubtful with a hamstring injury.
"This is a spectacular season," said Coe, himself a two-time former Olympic champion. "This is an exceptional year. I'm really thankful for them. It tells me that the athletes have weathered the pandemic months extremely well. Many of them have been limited to their own houses for many months."
Jia said that he had made plans for a three-phase training camp ahead of the playoff.
Scaloni said Messi's role with the national team would not change, rejecting speculation he might be used in a deeper position to ease the physical demands on his 33-year-old legs.
IOC president Thomas Bach confirmed at the 136th IOC Session on July 17 that he is ready to run for a second term in the position. Enditem
The third-place match on the same day saw Shanghai RCB beat Beijing BG Development 3-1. Enditem
TOKYO, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- World Athletics President Sebastian Coe said here on Thursday that Tokyo will host a fantastic Olympic Games despite the uncertainties amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Firmino scored twice as Brazil opened their South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) qualifying campaign with a 5-0 rout of Bolivia in Sao Paulo on Friday. Peru drew 2-2 in their first match against Paraguay in Asuncion on Thursday.
In another game on Monday, Shanghai pulled off an overwhelming victory over Dongguan 68-54.
"What I can do this year is to keep a good mood. I will try to adjust myself to reach a peak state during the Olympics next year," she added.
Germany is second in the top-tier Group A4 with five points. Next for Joachim Loew's side is Switzerland on Tuesday, while Ukraine, third place in the same group, hosts Spain on the same day. Enditem