Leicester City were last season's surprise package with their fifth place finish and the challenge for coach Brendan Rodgers will be to get near repeating that, and to get close he needs Jamie Vardy to keep hammering home the goals.
Luneng went ahead in the 19th minute when their striker Duan Liuyu miskicked the ball which flew into Pelle's way, and the Italian swept it in from a close range.
SUZHOU, China, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- Tianjin Teda fell into the relegation playoffs in the Chinese Super League (CSL) after a 2-0 defeat to Beijing Guoan here on Thursday, while Shanghai SIPG beat Qingdao Huanghai 2-1 after a rain-delayed start.
The French defending champions kicked off their league title defence on Thursday with a shock 1-0 defeat at newly-promoted Lens, in a game which a shorthanded Tuchel had to field several young players such as 18-year-old league debutants Kays Ruiz-Atil and Arnaud Kalimuendo and 20-year-old goalkeeper Marcin Bulka, who was just making his second appearance for the first team. Enditem
DALIAN, China, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- Henan Jianye lost to Shenzhen Jiazhaoye 3-1 in the 11th round of Chinese Super League (CSL) here on Monday, suffering a four-match losing streak.
However, any concerns over a processional race were dispelled in a surreal opening few laps.
In a showdown between two clinical power-hitters, Osaka and Brady split the opening two sets, with Osaka claiming the tiebreak in the first and Brady taking the sole breaking chance in the second.
The lower league side had their goalkeeper Jakub Jakubov to thank as he defused the promising efforts on target from Andrej Kramaric and Christoph Baumgartner before the break.
In a game that was essentially decided in the first half, striker Mary raced to receive a ball in the box and scored to give Shenzhen a lead in the 4th minute.
"He [Jesus] has his opinions and we had some confrontations at the start, when we didn't communicate a lot," the defender said. "He could be very hard on us but it was all for the good of the team... He's on the list of the best coaches I've had, along with [Pep] Guardiola." Enditem
Flick demands a back-up for right-back Benjamin Pavard, a replacement for Thiago, and an additional winger after on-loan-Ivan Perisic has returned to Inter.