"Even without Neymar or Mbappe Paris have a very good team. We were solid, we were compact, we all worked together and it paid off in the end."
One man down, Ajax nevertheless managed to score and secure the victory. Brazilian signing Antony, who arrived from Sao Paulo FC, gave his team the lead in his league debut. Sparta had chances to equalize in the remainder of the match, but Ajax held on for the win.
Things went from bad to worse for the capital club, as Suleiman Abdullahi shrugged off Berlin defender Niklas Stark to put the result beyond doubt after nutmegging Schwolow from a tight angle for the 5-3 lead in the 75th minute.
"I was looking at the scoreboard when I was down two sets to love. I was like, 'I cannot believe it. I'm playing in a semifinal where I'm supposed to be the favorite and I'm down two sets to love and I have no chance'. I'm playing that bad and I knew I had to come up with better tennis. I knew I had to be more stable," Zverev said.
He played for Maccabi Tel Aviv, Dinamo Zagreb, Krylya Sovetov Samara and other teams in Europe.
Ai Kesen (2nd L) of Guangzhou Evergrande vies with Zheng Zheng (1st L) of Shandong Luneng during the 11th round match between Guangzhou Evergrande and Shandong Luneng at the postponed 2020 season Chinese Football Association Super League (CSL) Dalian Division in Dalian, northeast China's Liaoning Province, Sept. 13, 2020. (Xinhua/Pan Yulong)
In contrast, Dele Ali disappointed for Tottenham and was replaced at the break and it is the first time Mourinho has been beaten in the first league game of the season in his entire career.
The newly-promoted Qingdao Huanghai sat at seventh place in Group B with eight teams after 10 rounds. Enditem
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.
"There is no place for racism in football but I don't think so," Villas-Boas said, "We will look at it later."
"It's not been an easy decision of leaving my hometown club which brings bittersweet feeling," said Kyranbek. "But now, it turns to a new chapter of my career and I'll fight for Shanghai."