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Chinese Super League club Hebei FC faces uncertain future after ceasing operation******
BEIJING, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- The future of Hebei FC has been thrown into uncertainty after the Chinese Super League club decided to cease operation.
According to a document issued by the club on Monday, it will not resume operation until further investment is secured.
"Considering its operation has practically stopped, the club decided that from the date of October 26, 2021, to cease operation with its employees furloughed," the document wrote.
Unconfirmed reports have circulated saying that the debt-ridden club could not even pay water and electricity bills.
Lang Zheng, an official of the club, suggested two weeks ago that the CSL side was struggling with serious financial woes.
"We are facing tremendous difficulties," he said at the pre-match press conference of a first-round Chinese FA Cup tie between the Hebei side and Shaanxi Chang'an Athletic FC, a second-tier team, in Dalian.
"Our coaching staff paid some travel expense out of their own pockets to bring the team to Dalian," he said.
Hebei FC lost 1-0 to Shaanxi Chang'an Athletic FC in that game.
Hebei FC has been in dire financial straits and faces the danger of dissolving before this season ends, some Chinese media have reported. Enditem
Venezia stuns Juve, Ibra saves Milan in Serie A******
ROME, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- Juventus failed to wrap up all three points against Venezia in Serie A, as it was held 1-1 by the newly-promoted Venezia on Saturday, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic's late equalizer prevented AC Milan from a defeat against Udinese.。
The Bianconeri made the trip to Venezia without Federico Chiesa and Dejan Kulusevski, and lost Paulo Dybala in the opening minutes, but it went ahead in the 33rd minute as Luca Pellegrini rolled across from the left, Alvaro Morata cushioned a volley into the net.。
The home side punished toothless Juve in the 55th minute as Mattia Aramu's left-footed volley went beyond an out-stretched Wojciech Szczesny.。
The tie, coupled with Fiorentina's 4-0 victory over Salernitana on Saturday, dropped Juve to 6th place with 28 points, two behind the Viola.。
Elsewhere, Beto's first-half goal gave Udinese a 1-0 lead, but Ibrahimovic's stunning scissor-kick in the stoppages time helped Milan to settle for a 1-1 draw.。
It is Ibra's 300th goal in the Europe's top five leagues, the Swede became the third player to reach the milestone in the 21st century, after Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.。
The Rossoneri still ranks first with 39 points, but only two above Inter Milan who hosts Cagliari on Sunday. Enditem。
Paulinho rejoins Corinthians******
RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- Former Tottenham and Barcelona midfielder Paulinho has returned to Corinthians, almost a decade after helping the Brazilian club to their first Copa Libertadores title.。
The 33-year-old, a free agent after parting ways with Saudi Arabian side Al-Ahli in September, agreed to a contract that runs until December 2023, Corinthians said on Wednesday.。
"One of the heroes of the 2012 CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores is [our] first signing of the 2022 season," the Sao Paulo club tweeted.。
Paulinho is expected to begin training with his new teammates next month ahead of the Copa Libertadores group stage, which begins on February 8.。
The box-to-box playmaker rose to prominence during his first spell with Corinthians, in which he made 112 appearances across all competitions from 2010 to 2013.。
In addition to the 2012 Copa Libertadores, he played a key role in the club's 2011 Brazilian Serie A triumph.。
Following his 2013 move to Tottenham, Paulinho had spells with Guangzhou Evergrande, Barcelona and Al-Ahli.。
He has been capped 56 times for Brazil's national team and was a part of the country's 2014 and 2018 World Cup squads. Enditem。
Ecuador beat 10******
SANTIAGO, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- Pervis Estupinan and Moises Caicedo scored goals in each half as Ecuador edged closer to clinching a place at next year's FIFA World Cup with a 2-0 victory over 10-man Chile here on Tuesday.。
Estupinan fired the visitors ahead in the ninth minute with an angled left-footed finish into the far corner after a bungled defensive clearance.。
Chile were reduced to 10 men four minutes later when Arturo Vidal was shown a straight red card for striking Felix Torres with a boot to the face during an aerial duel.。
Caicedo put the result beyond doubt with a low drive from the edge of the penalty area in second-half stoppage time.。
The result leaves Ecuador third in the 10-team South American zone standings with 23 points from 14 games, six points clear of fourth-placed Colombia with four qualifiers remaining. Chile are sixth with 16 points.。
The top four teams will automatically qualify for football's showpiece tournament in Qatar while the fifth-ranked side will advance to an intercontinental playoff.。
In other South American qualifiers on Tuesday, Argentina were held to a goalless home draw by Brazil, Bolivia cruised to a 3-0 home win over Uruguay, Peru beat Venezuela 2-1 in Caracas and Colombia were held to a 0-0 home draw by Paraguay. Enditem。