Pellegrini has had a perfect start to life at the club with two wins from two games and with Betis looking a lot harder to score against than last season.
'It's a sport that in a way represents freedom. When we ski, we can feel really free, I also feel as if I am challenging myself to become better.'
Instead, goals were scored at the other end of the pitch, as Lucas Tousart's foul on Sebastian Rode allowed Daichi Kamada to curl the subsequent free-kick into the path of Bas Dost, who nodded home from close range in the 36th minute.
Omar Al Soma (R, front) of Al Ahli Saudi FC vies with Farshid Esmaeili(L, front) of Esteghlal FC during the AFC Asian Champions League group A football match between Esteghlal FC of Iran and Al Ahli Saudi FC of Saudi Arabia in Doha, capital of Qatar, Sept. 23, 2020. (Photo by Nikku/Xinhua)
In his two years at Camp Nou, the Chilean midfielder has added another league winner's medal to his collection, making it an incredible eight leagues in row in three different countries.
Roberto Lopez sealed the win in the 94th minute with a powerful shot into the corner after another assist from the impressive Merino.
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In Group D, Al Sadd SC tied Al Nassr 1-1 and both made it to the Round of 16 after Sepahan settled for a 0-0 draw with Al Ain in Monday's late match. Enditem
The league debut comes after another difficult week, which followed a complicated summer in the wake of Barca's 8-2 thrashing to Bayern Munich in the Champions League. That defeat saw Quique Setien sacked as coach and replaced by Koeman and led to a clear out of the dressing room, which has so far seen Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal, Arthur Melo, Nelson Semedo and Luis Suarez all leave the club.
El Tri and Guatemala have met 33 times, with Mexico winning 21, drawing eight and losing four.
Zhang Changning (3rd L) of Jiangsu celebrates during the Group A match between Jiangsu and Tianjin at the 2020 Chinese Women's Volleyball Championship in Jiangmen, south China's Guangdong Province, on Sept. 26, 2020. (Xinhua/Qin Lang)