"It's always exciting to play a qualifying round," said Suarez, who joined Atletico Madrid from their La Liga rivals Barcelona last month.
CHENGDU, Oct. 6 (Xinhua) -- Shanxi held off Hebei's late resistance on the way to an 84-75 win in the Women's Chinese Basketball Association (WCBA) league here on Tuesday.
In the first set, Shandong and Tianjin traded leads from the offset. After Shandong's Sun Jie left the court through injury, Tianjin leveled the score 15-15 and then took the set 25-21.
"I knew she was going to be aggressive. I knew that she's playing this way. Today it worked really well for her," Halep added. "At this level, nobody surprises anybody anymore because everyone has a big level and it depends on the day that you are."
Koeman had made no secret that he wanted the duo and the failure to sign Garcia leaves Barca looking especially lightweight in central defense, where they only have Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet, with Ronald Araujo to provide cover.
The AFA said Udinese goalkeeper Juan Musso had also been cut from the squad because of a knee injury suffered while training on Monday.
The 33-year-old had scored 45 goals in 68 games and won two A-league championships since he joined the Sky Blues in August 2018.
Elsewhere, Wolfsburg and Augsburg shared the spoils after playing out a goalless stalemate. Enditem
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.
Wuhan and Jiangsu will vie for the league championship on this Sunday. Enditem
Luneng ranks third in the Dalian division with seven wins, three draws and four losses in the first phase of the 2020 campaign. According to the schedule, Luneng will compete in the Suzhou division with seven other clubs for the CSL championship. Its first opponent is Beijing Guoan, and the two sides will start their first fight on October 17.