Tottenham Hotspur began their season with a defeat, going down 1-0 at home to a James Rodriguez-inspired Everton.
Will Schalke 04 and Werder Bremen experience a change around after both fallen giants only narrowly survived a terrible last season?
In the women's tournament, Simona Halep advanced to the semifinals after Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva retired with the scores at 6-2, 2-0. She is to meet ninth-seeded Garbine Muguruza of Spain, who beat former number one Victoria Arazenka.
The Brazilian won the ball and exchanged passes with Soldado before keeping his head with a calm finish.
James Rodriguez then put Everton in front, shortly before receiving a hand in the face from West Brom defender Kieran Gibbs, who was sent off for his trouble.
"I am very happy and excited. This is the next step for me. I hope to help the team and that we will fight for promotion to the Premier League. I spoke to my compatriot Krystian Bielik, who also plays here. He advised me to join the club," said the player.
PARIS, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Julian Draxler's header in stoppage time earned Paris Saint-Germain a precious 1-0 win over Metz at home on Wednesday, ending the Ligue 1 defending champions' losing streak in the opening two games of the new season.
Li Ang netted a right-sided free-kick on 74 minutes to put the game beyond doubt, with a sweet finish for Suning.
Teda rank in the bottom in the Suzhou division with an embarrassing no-win record. Enditem
In Chilean capital Santiago, Colo-Colo defeated Uruguay's Penarol 2-1 while Brazil's Santos were held to a goalless home draw by Paraguayan side Olimpia. Enditem
GENEVA, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- World volleyball governing body FIVB announced the cancellation of the FIVB Volleyball Club World Championships 2020 on Thursday after the decision was made by the FIVB Board of Administration.