"Basketball means the world to me for a long time, and now is the same. As I grow old, I know there are other things I need to pay attention to in life. Basketball is a sport and undertaking that I love, and I have put everything into it."
Spain took the lead thanks to its efforts to pin the Swiss back when Granit Xhaka slipped as Yann Sommer tried a short pass out from goal. Mikel Merino collected the ball and fed his Real Sociedad teammate Oyarzabal to beat Sommer on the turn in the 13th minute.
Arias was taken off on a stretcher in the 12th minute of Friday's clash at Estadio Metropolitano after colliding with Darwin Marchis in an incident that left the Bayer Leverkusen player's left foot jutting sideways from his ankle.
The Everton midfielder showed glimpses of quality, particularly in the first half, but faded before being replaced by Steven Alzate in the 74th minute at Estadio Metropolitano.
Slovakia coach Hapal made nine changes to his roster compared to the match against Ireland and it showed.
Gerardo Martino's men are among five teams that have already qualified for the last phase of 2022 World Cup qualifiers in the North American, Central American and Caribbean (CONCACAF) region. The others are the United States, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Honduras.
Adama said he had an excellent relationship with Ansu Fati, Spain's other player with African connections.
BLANTYRE, Malawi, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- The resumption of sporting activities in Malawi has brought a sigh of relief among players and fans. For months now, people in the country have been not been able to share special moments due to tough restrictions meant to combat COVID-19.
Brazil and Peru last met in the 2019 Copa America final, when the Selecao prevailed 3-1 at Rio's Maracana stadium. Enditem
DALIAN, China, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- The organizing committee for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup in China held its first meeting in Dalian, Liaoning province on Saturday.
SAO PAULO, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- Forward Rodrygo said Sunday that Brazil would not compromise their attacking instincts against a dangerous Peru side when the teams meet in their South American Zone 2022 World Cup qualifier.