The remainder of the match was controversial after Gao Lin was shown his fourth yellow card of the season in the 71st minute after complaining to the referee. The Chinese international is set to miss Shenzhen's next match against his former club Guangzhou Evergrande next Wednesday.
Messi last week said he'd stay, but made it clear he was unhappy with both club President, Jose Maria Bartomeu, and the failure to develop a balanced squad and he could be an awkward dressing room presence for the new coach.
The first half saw tough play from both sides. Veteran Luiz Muriqui was subbed after just 23 minutes because of a thigh injury. Qingdao also made their first substitution a few minutes later.
Koeman will be keeping his fingers crossed players such as Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann can up their games, while Francisco Trincao looks an interesting addition in attack. However, the hopes of many fans will now rest on the young shoulders of Riqui Puig and Ansu Fati, who looks odds on to become the new hero of the Camp Nou despite being just 17 years old.
Loew's strategy might explain why he refuses to initiate the return of experienced forces such as the 2014 World Cup heroes Thomas Mueller, Jerome Boateng, and Mats Hummels. All are in their thirties.
In the other two matches of the day, Hunan Hualai survived an intense battle to overcome Xiamen Tefang 3-2, while Jiangsu Weikeduo lost to Zhejiang Nengyuan 4-1, and remain at the bottom with no wins. Enditem
PARIS, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- France striker Kylian Mbappe has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss Tuesday's UEFA Nations League match against Croatia, the French Football Federation (FFF) said on Monday.
"This is down to a clear error on your behalf... This compensation will not be applied for the end of the contract by a unilateral decision by the player at the end of the 2019-2020 season," insisted Jorge Messi.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- English Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers have made a bid to sign Gremio and Brazil U-23 forward Pepe, according to Brazilian press reports on Friday.
Both World Cups and the Finals will be staged in China with support from the Chinese Table Tennis Association (CTTA), meaning that the Women's and Men's World Cups will no longer take place in Bangkok, Thailand, and Dusseldorf, Germany as originally planned.
In the men's event, Gaspar Csere, 29, from Hungary won the race with a time of 1:06:29, whereas the fastest female athlete was Katalin Kovacs-Garami, 40, from Hungary with a time of 1:18:52. Enditem