Koeman's team looks faster, fitter and hungrier, with Philippe Coutinho getting involved and Leo Messi smiling again. There is a question mark over the lack of central defenders and with Clement Lenglet suspended against Sevilla on Sunday that looks to be their main weakness.
"It's because I did a lot of things well. I played more aggressively than the previous days. I went to the net more often, and I hit a lot of winners," added the 12-time French Open champion, who needed only one hour and 35 minutes to see off his opponent.
Iran sit third, behind Iraq and Bahrain, in Group C of the Asian qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. Enditem
BERLIN, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- Manuel Baum seems to be a driven by unshakeable optimism. Despite having lost his first game as the new coach of Schalke 04, the 41-year-old encouraged the Royal Blues' squad, and supporters to continue their effort to achieve a turnaround.
FC Barcelona have had a promising start to the campaign under new coach Ronald Koeman, scoring seven goals in their opening two matches, with the midfield pairing of Sergio Busquets and Frenkie de Jong giving a solid base for the attacking quarter of Ansu Fati, Leo Messi, Philippe Coutinho and Antoine Griezmann.
Shanghai guard Peng Szu-Chin hobbled off the court, seemingly through a strain, just one minute into the second half. Without one of its main scorers, Shanghai could not catch up on the offensive end as Xinjiang pulled away through backcourt combo Wang Siyu and Wang Lili's efforts.
Wang Lili made 11 of 20 field shots and scored 25 points for Xinjiang, one of the title contenders over the current campaign. Wang Siyu helped with 11.
The 12th seed poured out his intense emotions on the court, yelling at himself or his coaches after wasting several chances.
Also on Sunday Feyenoord was far too strong for Willem II in Tilburg. The home team went in front through Vangelis Pavlidis, but Ridgeciano Haps, Bryan Linssen and a brace by captain Steven Berghuis earned Feyenoord a convincing 4-1 win. AZ drew 4-4 at Sparta after surrendering a 4-0 lead in Rotterdam.
Most clubs have counted on loan deals instead of buying new players.
World 5,000m champion Obiri maintained her unbeaten streak this season by winning the women's race in 15:06.36.