In Paris, France came from behind to repeat their triumph in the final of the 2018 World Cup, beating Croatia 4-2, despite the absence of striker Kylian Mbappe.
"He's one of the big champions of the last decade, one of the very few active players, who won a Grand Slam tournament here in New York," Thiem said of Cilic. "Even though he's not on the top of his game, he's always dangerous for a deep run in these big tournaments. He's not a guy I want to face in the third round as he's a former champion. On a good day, he can beat anybody."
"It really hurt me that people could think I would be able to go to court against Barcelona for my own benefit. I would never do something like that," commented the striker.
In Castellon on Saturday, after a foul in the opening round, she landed at 14.47m in round two and almost matched that in the third round with 14.42m. The 24-year-old saved her best for the last round as she leapt out to 14.71m.
DALIAN, China, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- Dia Saba contributed two goals and one assist as Guangzhou R&F beat Henan Jianye 3-1 in the 10th round of the Chinese Super League (CSL) here on Tuesday, ending their three-match losing streak.
"We are waiting for the health ministry to give us an answer, because having the players quarantined for 14 days, when they return from Mexico, is not possible for the clubs," FEDEFUT president Rodolfo Villalobos was quoted as saying by newspaper El Universal.
DALIAN, China, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- Dalian Professional were held to a 1-1 draw by Jiangsu Suning in the 10th round of the Chinese Super League (CSL) here on Tuesday.
"It was a pity that we lost in stoppage time last game. We followed coach Van Bronckhorst's plan and all players focused on the game tonight, I'm glad to see that, and we deserved the win," said Saba.
"Additionally, several countries across the confederation have travel restrictions and quarantine requirements, which would make international football involving 30 national teams extremely difficult."
In Thursday's only other match, Sport Recife won 2-1 at Gremio thanks to goals either side of half-time from Patric Cabral and Iago Maidana. Pepe pegged a late goal back for the hosts. Enditem
Despite foreseeable setbacks, Loew is going to stick to his plan, Kroos underlined. The German intends to give space for promising youngsters such as the new Chelsea arrivals Kai Havertz and Timo Werner.