BUENOS AIRES, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- Lionel Messi converted a first-half penalty as Argentina beat Ecuador 1-0 in their opening South American zone World Cup qualifier on Thursday.
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
The team, led by manager Oscar Tabarez, held its third training session on Wednesday afternoon at the Uruguay Celeste Complex, with a full roster of 23 players.
Boasting a balanced roster, Heilongjiang advanced to the playoffs in Ji's first season as the coach, which surprised her a lot.
Messi scored the only goal of the match by converting a first-half penalty as the Albiceleste started their campaign with a gritty, if not entirely convincing, home victory at La Bombonera.
The two greats had met more than any other two players in the Open era, a record 55 times before Sunday's showdown, with Djokovic holding a 29-26 lead.
Following his seventh win of the season, Hamilton extends his lead in the drivers' championship and now has 230 points. Despite his failure to score, Bottas remains second with 161 points, with Verstappen third on 147.
"The concept of MMC is not new. In the past, it was more like two separate areas in one building. However, this time, Beijing 2022 will fully integrate the two to redefine the concept. The IOC hopes to take this chance to promote this practise to future Olympic Winter Games or even Olympic Games," Xu said. Enditem
Henan outscored its opponent 38-16 in the paint. Center Cheng Qi stood out with 31 points and 11 rebounds. Zhang Ru chipped in with 14 points.
The GFA said the new season will run until July next year.
In the day's other game, five Jiangsu players scored in double figures, led by center Xu Chenyan's 21 points, as they defeated Xinjiang. Chen Xiaojia and Liang Jiamei also bagged 16 and 15 respectively for Jiangsu.