However, the hectic last 11 games saw Atletico find form and as rivals such as Real Sociedad and Getafe lost ground, in the end the top four was secured with relative ease.
CHENGDU, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- Powerhouses Qingdao Renzhou and Ruichang Biyuan both clinched victories at Friday's China Badminton Super League, remaining in first and second place respectively.
Former two-time Olympic canoeing champion Meng Guanliang, who called on the public to live a green and healthy life at the closing ceremony, said he was "very excited" to be part of such an event.
The Netherlands' Dafne Schippers was fastest in the women's 100m, while there was joy for Poland as Justyna Swiety-Ersetic won the 400m and Maria Andrejczyk was victorious in the women's javelin, throwing 65.70m to finish ahead of Lina Muze of Latvia and Croatia's Sara Kolak. Enditem
Zheng Xiping is 67 years old and lives in Qiqihar City, Heilongjiang Province. Every evening, he would play Huagun by the Labor Lake in Qiqihar City with the small iron sticks spining and jumping in his hands.
"I didn't feel happy this last year at the club," explained Messi.
The 60-year-old's anniversary might well turn into the most significant challenge the 2014 World Cup-winning coach has ever faced.
HAIKOU, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) -- 2020 Tour Hainan Island Flight Contest Glider event opened at the Lingshui Hongjiaoling Aviation Camp, south China's Hainan province on Tuesday.
SUZHOU, China, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- Hebei China Fortune upset giants Shanghai SIPG with a 2-0 victory in the 9th round of the Chinese Super League (CSL) on Saturday night, while Chen Pu's winning goal helped Shijiazhuang Ever Bright overcome Qingdao Huanghai 1-0.
"It's more important to enjoy the process," Gu added. "You can take pictures and enjoy the view so as to relax yourself when you go to different places to participate in competitions. It's also important to display sportsmanship. During the cycling portion of one triathlon, a competitor in front of me fell, and I immediately stopped to help him."
The other promoted sides Huesca and Cadiz will also struggle, with Cadiz likely to miss their fans in the Ramon de Caranza Stadium, while Eibar and Alaves might also find life hard after flirting with danger last season. Eibar have lost plyers such as Orellana, Escalante and Di Blasis, while Alaves, who celebrate their centenary this season, will hope a forward line of Joselu, Lucas Perez and Deyverson should have the goals to keep them in the top flight. Enditem