The 16 teams were divided into two groups this season and the top four in each group will advance into the Final Group A for the championship race.
MADRID, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- Real Madrid kicked off their title defense with a draw away to Real Sociedad this weekend, while Villarreal showed their firepower and Granada ended a perfect week. Here are some things we learned during Matchday 2 in La Liga.
It was Suarez's move to Atletico Madrid this week that led to Lionel Messi writing a 'goodbye' letter to his friend in which he accused Barca's directors of 'throwing out' Suarez, adding that "nothing surprised him". All this comes after Messi's failed attempt to leave Barcelona himself this summer, which ended with him accusing club president Josep Maria Bartomeu of going back on his word.
Hertha responded well but both Dodi Lukebakio and Matheus Cunha squandered promising opportunities.
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.
Leo Messi will also be in the spotlight after a summer in which he asked to leave the Camp Nou, while the pressure will also be ramped up on Antoine Griezmann and Philippe Coutinho, who has returned following his loan to Bayern Munich.
Five minutes later, Zhu Jianrong nearly contributed another goal for Huanghai in his one-on-one with Teda's goalkeeper. But his volley from small angle missed the target.
Wander Helder scored twice for Leeds and Aleksander Mitrovic scored twice for the home side, who fought back from 4-1 down to give Leeds a nervy last 25 minutes.
SUZHOU, China, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- Romain Alessandrini scored twice as Qingdao Huanghai swept Tianjin Teda 3-0 in the 13th round of the Chinese Super League (CSL), while Shanghai SIPG secured the top spot of Suzhou Division with a 1-0 victory over Beijing Guoan Friday evening.
Local cyclists prevailed in all categories, with Liang Shizhong and Huang Shihai winning the men's title in 14:02:17, Che Ruirui and Chen Hongyu taking the women's title in 16:45:04, and Song Hanbing and He Huaisong triumphing in the mixed category in 16:02:34.
Jiangsu sealed the win just three minutes later as Xie Pengfei converted a free kick and into the box and the ball hit at his teammate Li Ang, which created a rebound for Martins to score a volley.