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Analysis: Four things we learned in Spain's Matchday 12******
MADRID, Nov. 1 (Xinhua) -- The 12th round of games in La Liga saw Sevilla and Real Madrid close the gap at the top of the table as Real Sociedad were held in a tense Basque derby on Sunday night. Here are some things we learned this weekend in Spain。
1. Barca problems run deeper than Koeman。
Anyone who watched FC Barcelona's 1-1 draw at home to Alaves on Saturday night will have drawn the conclusion that the club's issues can't be solved just by getting rid of Ronald Koeman. Although sacking the increasingly entrenched Dutchman last Thursday was surely the right thing to do given the increasingly hostile atmosphere around the club, the fact is Barca simply don't have the players they had two or three years ago.。
Sergi Barjuan's debut as caretaker coach saw him field basically the same side Koeman did (with injuries also limiting his options), but despite a bit more aggression, the same problems remain: lack of punch in attack and a defense that is fragile at the wrong moment.。
To be fair, Barca weren't much worse than in many games last season, but last season they had a master locksmith to open stubborn doors and now Messi is in Paris.。
2. Vinicius takes up Benzema's baton。
One of the things Real Madrid's Brazilian forward Vinicius Jr had to do this season was to turn his undoubted pace and ability to beat his rival into the end product of assists and goals and so far it looks as if he is doing his homework.。
Vinicius was the difference between the two teams as Real Madrid claimed a narrow win away to Elche on Saturday, with his two moments of individual magic putting his team 2-0 ahead on a day when Karim Benzema was given a well-deserved rest.。
Benzema and Vinicius have been Madrid's key players this season, and now Carlo Ancelotti needs others to step forward and contribute more.。
3. Athletic Club make their point in Basque derby。
Real Sociedad were moments away from retaining their 3-point lead at the top of La Liga when Athletic Club Bilbao captain Iker Muniain stepped forward to take an injury time free kick from the edge of their penalty area and seconds later that 3-point lead was reduced to just one as Muniain (with the inestimable help of Real Sociedad keeper Alex Remiro) fired home the equalizing goal.。
It was a draw Athletic deserved after neutralizing Real Sociedad's flowing attacking play for nearly all of the game and only a penalty had put the home side ahead in a tense and tactical Basque derby in which Athletic coach Marcelino again showed his tactical awareness to stop rivals playing.。
4. Carrasco leads from the front as Atletico bounce back。
Yannick Carrasco was the key player as Atletico Madrid ended a worrying run of three draws with a resounding win at home to Betis in a rain-swept Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on Sunday afternoon.。
Carrasco has had a slightly strange Atletico career, with a hiatus in China for good measure, but there is no doubt that the Belgian player has talent to spare and he showed that with a thumping opening goal that helped to ease nerves in the Wanda.。
Betis had started the weekend level on points with the top of the table, but with Carrasco always offering an outlet, Atletico dominated the game with a result and performance that will ease a lot of doubts raised after recent displays. Enditem。
Talleres stay in touch with leaders River Plate******
BUENOS AIRES, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) -- Talleres Cordoba kept alive their Argentine Primera Division title hopes on Saturday with a 2-0 home win over Godoy Cruz.。
Defenders Rafael Perez and Juan Komar scored in the 60th and 72nd minutes as Talleres secured their 12th win of the season.。
Alexander Medina's men remain second in the 26-team standings, four points behind leaders River Plate, who have a game in hand.。
Godoy Cruz are 13th, with 26 points from 20 matches.。
Meanwhile, Colon stayed in touch with the top four courtesy of a 3-0 home victory over Platense.。
Eric Meza scored on the stroke of halftime before Christian Bernardi and Rodrigo Aliendro netted second-half goals as Colon rose to fifth, 11 points behind River Plate. Platense are 17th with 23 points.。
In other Primera Division fixtures on Saturday, Independiente won 3-0 at home to Arsenal Sarandi, and Racing Club prevailed 2-0 at Atletico Tucuman. Enditem。
Patriotic blockbuster rises to 3rd in China's all******
BEIJING, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- Patriotic Chinese blockbuster "The Battle at Lake Changjin" on Wednesday beat out the 2019 top earner "Ne Zha" to become the third-highest-grossing title of all time at China's box office.
The historical epic's cumulative total since Sept. 30 has exceeded 5.04 billion yuan (about 786.65 million U.S. dollars), the amount earned by the domestic animated fantasy "Ne Zha," according to data from box office tracker Maoyan.
Approximately 105 million moviegoers have so far watched "The Battle at Lake Changjin" in cinemas across China, according to Maoyan figures.
It is this year's second-biggest earner so far, both in China and globally, trailing only domestic comedy "Hi, Mom," which has raked in 5.41 billion yuan. U.S. movie "F9: The Fast Saga" is now third in the global rankings.
Set during the War to Resist U.S. Aggression and Aid Korea (1950-1953) and starring Wu Jing and Jackson Yee, the three-hour movie tells the story of Chinese People's Volunteers soldiers fighting bravely in freezing temperatures in a key campaign at Lake Changjin, or Chosin Reservoir.
The story of how the young warriors were willing to risk it all to defend their motherland from the world's best-equipped army, despite their lack of food and warm clothing and amid the bitter coldness, has moved many moviegoers to tears. Enditem