The player, who was born in the outskirts of Barcelona 24 years ago, decided to join Spain rather than his parents' homeland and made his debut as a 62nd minute substitute in Spain's 0-0 draw away to Portugal on Wednesday night.
Mikel Oyarzabal's 13th minute goal gave the Spaniards the win that means they have seven points from their opening three matches in the competition after previously drawing in Germany and beating the Ukraine (who they play again on Tuesday).
"We were not able to keep up with the aggressive approach of our opponents. We produced no final passes. I tried to switch things up in the roster but nothing helped," said Slovakia's coach Hapal after the game.
The GFA further announced matches may be played during mornings, mid-afternoons, or evenings depending on kick-off times agreed with its television partner Star Times,a Chinese company.
After a disappointing draw in the friendly against Turkey, Joachim Loew's team seems to have lost the nimbus of a team standing for commitment and efficiency.
In the day's other game, Shaanxi used a dominant 29-4 first quarter to overwhelm Daqing.
"I wasn't surprised by what Messi did because I know him well," Suarez said. "He knew the pain I was feeling. The way it was handled, as if I was being thrown out, is what hurts most. There were other ways to do it. They were six years and that's what bothered him [Messi] too. I see him as a friend and he knows how we suffered." Enditem
Al Nassr, who lost to Persepolis in the 2020 AFC Champions League semi-final match (West Zone) on Saturday, claimed that the Iranian club had committed blatant violations of FIFA rules by using "several illegal players" in their squad during the AFC's Champions League (ACL) semi-final.
As Ji missed a big three-pointer which could have sealed the win in regulation time, both teams battled hard and were unable to establish a double-digit lead all the way into overtime.
"We restrained their three-pointers quite well, but didn't do enough on guarding against their fast breaks," said Henan coach Li Jianxin, while expressing his appreciation towards his players' team spirit.
LA PAZ, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- The rarefied air of La Paz will provide Bolivia with a clear advantage over Argentina when the teams meet in their 2022 World Cup qualifier here on Tuesday, Albiceleste manager Lionel Scaloni said on Sunday.