Bruno Labbadia's men gained momentum but Frankfurt stood firm and protected its lead until the final whistle.
In other action, Hebei and Tianjin lost several chances to take a lead in the first half, when Hebei forwards Buya Turay and Markao failed to score in succession in the eighth minute, and Tianjin's 21-year-old midfielder Liu Ruofan missed three times in a row.
The next edition of football's showpiece tournament will be played in Qatar from November 21 to December 18, 2022. Enditem
MADRID, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Real Madrid began the defense of their La Liga title with a 0-0 draw away to Real Sociedad on Sunday night in a game they controlled for long stretches but created few clear-cut chances.
After the restart, Esteghlal were quick to cement their place in the Round of 16 with a third goal, as Karimi supplied a chipped cross from the edge of the penalty area for Cheick Diabate, who guided his header past Al Owais to make it 3-0.
The Barcelona-based sports press report than Barca are closing in on a deal to sign Ajax's 19-year defender Sergino Dest and are also interested in Norwich City's Max Adams as replacements.
Chongqing posed more of a threat than Shijiazhuang after the game started. After the goalie saved brilliantly from midfielder Chen Jie's long-range shot in the fifth minute, Chongqing got another corner kick and an accurate cross from right-back Jiang Zhe, helping Adrian to score at close range to make it 1-0.
In Sunday's other Serie A matches, Genoa crushed newly promoted Crotone 4-1 while Sassuolo tied with Cagliari 1-1. Enditem
Guangzhou still ranks first in the group, and will take on Dalian Pro in the group's last round.
Reports speak of reservations among Bayern's leaders to re-sign the 28-year-old, who couldn't achieve a breakthrough between 2013 to 2016. Spanish reports spoke of Sevilla and Valencia as interested parties.
Zidane has a doubt over Martin Odegaard after confusion surrounding a COVID-19 test, but the coach's main problem will be how to get the best out of an attack likely to still be without Eden Hazard and Marco Asensio, who are struggling with fitness issues.