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LaLiga: Athletic Club beat Villarreal, Valencia stage late fightback******
MADRID, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- Athletic Club Bilbao inflicted Villarreal's first away defeat of the season as they claimed a 2-1 win in the San Mames Stadium that was close to capacity for the first time since March 2020.
Raul Garcia put Athletic ahead from Inaki Williams' cross in the 14th minute, but Francis Coquelin's deflected effort leveled the score in the 32nd minute.
Man of the match Iker Muniain won the game from the penalty spot in the 77th minute after Unai Vencedor had been fouled by Alberto Moreno and it would have been 3-1 a couple of minutes later but Villarreal keeper Geronimo Rulli did well to stop a second spot kick taken by Alex Berenguer to assure a nervy finish.
Valencia came back from 2-0 down at home to Mallorca to claim a point with two goals in injury time.
Angel Rodriguez and a Mouchtar Diakhaby own goal put Valencia on the ropes in the first half, but Kang In Lee, who set up Angel for the opener, had a rush of blood 10 minutes into the second half and left his side with 10 men.
Mallorca still looked as if they were going to hang on, but they got nervous when Goncalo Guedes fired home from long range in the 92nd minute and Jose Luis Gaya's close range finished earned Valencia a point in the 98th minute
Two goals from striker Joselu, the first of which came from the penalty spot after just six minutes, gave Alaves their first away win of the season and just their second victory of the entire campaign, as Javi Calleja's side won 2-0 away to Cadiz.
Elche and Espanyol shared four goals with Manu Morlanes and Raul de Tomas netting goals within 2 minutes on 51 and 52 minutes to cancel out Lucas Boye's first half opener for Elche, who claimed a point with Dario Bernadetto's 84th minute equalizer.
Cadiz slip deeper into trouble after failing to win in their last seven home games.
Friday night saw Osasuna go second in the table with a 1-1 draw at home to Granada, but the team from Pamplona will be disappointed after Granada scored a 90th minute equalizer from Angel Moreno to cancel out Chimy Avila's opener on the stroke of halftime.
Osasuna ended with 10 men after left back Jose Angel 'Cote' was sent off with 16 minutes left to play. Enditem
UK to add China's Sinovac, Sinopharm to approved vaccine list******
The British government said it would recognize COVID-19 vaccines on the World Health Organization's Emergency Use Listing later this month, adding China's Sinovac and Sinopharm Beijing vaccines to the country's approved list of vaccines for inbound travelers.。
The change, which will come into force from November 22, means travelers who have received these two jabs will be considered fully vaccinated in Britain.。
India's Covaxin is also included in Britain's updated list of approved vaccines.。
Passengers arriving in Britain after having been fully vaccinated and having received their vaccine certificate from one of more than 135 approved countries and territories are no longer required to take a pre-departure test, a day eight test or self-isolate upon arrival.。
Those who have proof of vaccination from a country or territory that is not on the list, or with a vaccine that is not listed, must follow the rules for people who do not qualify as fully vaccinated.。
The approved vaccines list currently includes Pfizer BioNTech, Oxford AstraZeneca (including Covishield), Moderna and Janssen (J&J).。
Additionally, the British government has said that, from November 22, all under-18s traveling to England will be treated as fully vaccinated at the border and will be exempt from self-isolation requirements on arrival, day eight testing and pre-departure testing.。
They will only be required to take a post-arrival test and a confirmatory free PCR test if they test positive.。
The British Department for Transport said on Monday the travel rules are being further simplified as all people under the age of 18 will be treated as fully vaccinated at the border and will be able to enter England without self-isolating on arrival.。
British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the announcement marks the next step in the restart of international travel.。
More than 87 percent of people aged 12 and over in the country have had their first dose of vaccine and more than 79 percent have received both doses, the latest figures indicated. At the same time, more than 17 percent have received booster jabs, or the third doses of a coronavirus vaccine.。
Bayern see off Benfica to progress into UEFA Champions League knockout stage******
BERLIN, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- Robert Lewandowski provided a brace and paved the way for Bayern Munich's 5-2 victory over Benfica in Group E at the fourth round of Champions League's group stage on Tuesday.。
Both sides staged a lively opening period with opportunities at both ends of the pitch but the visitors from Portugal came off with a bright start as Alejandro Grimaldo sent a free-kick close in the fourth minute.。
Bayern responded immediately and forced Benfica goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos into action after Serge Gnabry unleashed a dangerous attempt on target in the sixth minute.。
The hosts were clearly in control and pressed Benfica into its territory as Leon Goretzka came close with a volley before Lewandowski headed just wide in the 11th minute.。
The visitors however remained dangerous on counterattacks and thought they had opened the scoring, but Lucas Verissimo da Silva's header was ruled offside by the video assistant referee in the 16th minute.。
Although the goal was ruled offside, Bayern increased the pressure and broke the deadlock in the 26th minute when Lewandowski benefitted on Kingsley Coman's build-up work and nodded home his 79th goal in his 100th Champions League appearance.。
Bayern gained momentum and made it two only six minutes later when Lewandowski set up for Gnabry, who made no mistake and tapped home with his backheel.。
However, the hosts continued with an unstable defense and had to swallow a goal as Benfica reduced the arrears in the 38th minute after Felipe Rodrigues Da Silva, known as Morato, headed home Grimaldo's free-kick into the area.。
Bayern then had the chance to restore its two-goal lead before the break, but Lewandowski surprisingly couldn't beat Vlachodimos from the spot following a handball penalty.。
Bayern came out with its guns blazing after the restart as Joshua Kimmich found Alphonso Davies inside the box before the defender headed into the path of Leroy Sane, who volleyed from inside the box in the 49th minute.。
The hosts continued on the front foot and Lewandowski made amends for his squandered first-half penalty after chipping Sane's lay-up over onrushing Vlachodimos from very close at the hour mark.。
Benfica was able to halve the deficit once again and capitalized on Bayern's sloppy defense as Darwin Gabriel Nunez Ribeiro finished off a counterattack following a misplaced pass from Marcel Sabitzer in the midfield in the 74th minute.。
The Bavarians weren't done with the scoring and answered ten minutes later after Lewandowski utilized a goalie kick from Neuer before lifting the ball past hapless Vlachodimos to wrap up his hat-trick.。
With the result, Group E front runners Bayern book its berth in the round of the last 16 ahead of schedule meanwhile Benfica slip to third place in the table.。
"It was an entertaining performance by my team. Of course, we conceded two goals, but we still dominated and staged an emphatic performance over 90 minutes," Bayern head coach Julian Nagelsmann said. Enditem。