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China's daily crude steel output hits 3******
BEIJING, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- China's average daily output of crude steel recorded a three-year low in September, according to the China Iron and Steel Association (CISA) Monday.
The average daily output in September fell 21.2 percent year on year to 2.46 million tonnes, CISA vice chairperson Qu Xiuli said at a press conference.
She noted the drop in output is a must, as the country continued to control the production and energy cost of the steel industry.
A cut in output, however, did not affect the profits of China's major steel mills. In the first nine months of this year, profits of the country's major iron and steel companies surged 123 percent year on year.
Qu urged more efforts to build up the industrial and supply chains to enhance the coordinated development of upstream and downstream companies.
As part of the green shift by its energy-consuming steel industry, China has vowed to shrink its crude steel output in 2021 from a year earlier. Enditem
Spain to stay true to style with a draw enough for Qatar ticket******
MADRID, Nov. 13 (Xinhua) -- Spain will qualify for their 12th consecutive World Cup finals if they win or draw at home to Sweden in Seville's Estadio de la Cartuja on Sunday night.。
Spain's 1-0 win in Greece thanks to a Pablo Sarabia penalty, coupled with Sweden's shock 2-0 defeat in Georgia has turned the table in the group with Spain now holding a one-point advantage going into the last game.。
Three days ago, it looked as if Spain would have to win their final game, but now a draw will be enough to book their ticket to Qatar in November 2022.。
Coach Luis Enrique has already said his side will look to take the game to their rivals and stay true to their style of play, but the Spanish will be aware that their last two results against the Swedes are not good.。
The Swedes came back from a goal down to win 2-1 in Stockholm in September, with Alexander Isak and Viktor Claesson overturning Carlos Soler's fourth minute opener for the Spanish.。
Spain also failed to score against Sunday's rivals in a 0-0 draw in Seville in the group stage of this summer's European Championship. Although a repeat of that result would take the Spanish directly to Qatar, that would certainly cause some frayed nerves.。
Luis Enrique is likely to make several changes to his side in order to try and maintain as many fresh legs as possible on the pitch. Pau Torres will probably step into central defense for Inigo Martinez, who ended Thursday with a minor calf problem, while the experienced duo of Jordi Alba and Cesar Azpilicueta could come in as full backs.。
Dani Olmo will replace Raul de Tomas, and Sergio Busquets also looks likely to start. Solar will probably step into the side for 17-year-old Gavi, who also ended Thursday's game with slight physical problems.。
The Spanish have everything in their favor to keep up their World Cup record, with the only question marks over their game being whether they will be able to turn possession into chances, and whether the Swedes will catch them on the break. Enditem。