"This year we have a third of the usual number. However, we are sure that those who come will reach the finish line with the same wide smile and the competition will give them the same joy as in recent years," said competition director Arpad Kocsis before the start.
Not only are the fans debating Loew's so far unsuccessful attempts to rejuvenate his squad, but also renowned former players like Lothar Matthaeus, Olaf Thon, and Bastian Schweinsteiger.
"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 Spanish go into the match on the back of a 0-0 draw in a friendly away to Portugal, which was far more entertaining than the scoreline suggests, and in which players such as Adama Traore and Dani Olmo showed the range of resources available to coach Luis Enrique.
MADRID, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- Under normal circumstances Real Madrid forward Marco Asensio would be on international duty with Spain, but injury problems at the start of the season mean he will watch Tuesday's game against Ukraine from home.
Unlike beach football, standard beach volleyball is a sport of a team of two, without substitutions. To keep the contest fair, two teams must change court every seven minutes in the preliminary contest and every five minutes in the final because of the sunshine, wind and other weather elements, according to Liu.
Five Jiangsu players scored in double figures, led by center Xu Chenyan's 21 points. Chen Xiaojia and Liang Jiamei bagged 16 and 15 respectively.
The former Sao Paulo and Porto player praised his teammates for respecting their unfancied opponents.
Like Matthaeus, the former midfielder is questioning Loew's tactical approach, counting on three central defenders supported by two defensive full backs.
The competition in Group B lost suspense after just two games, as JDG could not surpass DWG in points due to an accidental loss.
"She started really well right away, and had really good length, and was serving great. So I struggled at the beginning. I felt like I'm also not playing too bad, but just so many easy points going away with serve and return situations," said Siegemund.