Valverde has become indispensable for Real Madrid this season, starting in three of the team's four La Liga matches and blossoming in a box-to-box role.
Oyarzabal had a chance to double Spain's lead early in the second half, but volleyed wide when maybe he should have hit the target and shortly afterwards Luis Enrique made a double chance with Adama Traore and Sergio Canales replaced Dani Olmo and Ansu Fati.
"When I started my career I didn't imagine or dream of being part of a fourth qualifying tournament. For me it's a source of pride. I'm enjoying it to the fullest, in the knowledge that my career is drawing closer to an end."
"Leo continues to be a forward, whether that be as a No. 9 or second striker," Scaloni said. "But he is a forward and we always try to have three options up front. I don't think his position on the pitch has changed [at Barcelona]. In the end he is always a forward or an attacking player."
WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- Jimmy Butler delivered a sensational triple-double performance to help the Miami Heat defeat the Los Angeles Lakers 111-108 in Game 5 of the NBA finals on Friday, keeping their season alive for at least one more game.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- Brazil striker Roberto Firmino has warned that Peru will pose a stern test for the five-time world champions when the teams meet in their 2022 World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.
"It's a good experience for me and my young team. We have many difficulties, but they are just temporary, and these players don't lose their guts, which I am the most satisfied with," Ji noted.
Chen Meng (L) of Shandong and Wang Manyu of Heilongjiang react during the women's doubles final match against Sun Yingsha of Hebei and Wang Yidi of Liaoning at the 2020 Chinese National Table Tennis Championships in Weihai, east China's Shandong Province, Oct. 10, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhu Zheng)
"We played in the juniors in the French Open, I lost but it was a close one," said Kenin. "I'm going to prepare for the final and I'm going to do my best."
But the 56th meeting was a surprising one.
Zhejiang outscored Hebei 34-22 in the third quarter, erasing its one-point halftime deficit while setting up an 11-point cushion heading into the final frame, and never looked back thereafter.