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Poland smash Andorra in World Cup qualifier to secure play******
WARSAW, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- Poland beat hosts Andorra 4-1 on Friday to secure the second place in the Group I of the FIFA World Cup European qualification.。
The game was special for Aston Villa defender Matty Cash, who made his debut for Poland coached by Paulo Sousa. The 24-year-old whose mother was born in Poland obtained Polish citizenship this month. On Friday he came onto the pitch in the 62nd minute to replace Przemyslaw Frankowski.。
The hosts had to play with 10 men from the first minute as Ricard Fernandez was sent off for hitting Kamil Glik by the elbow.。
Poland didn't have problems proving their advantage. Robert Lewandowski scored twice, while Kamil Jozwiak and Arkadiusz Milik also beat the goalkeeper. Andorra found a consolation goal just before the break thanks to Marc Vales who surprised Wojciech Szczesny.。
Poland have secured their spot in the play-offs of the qualifications. They have earned 20 points so far, five more than third-placed Albania with one game to play.。
On Monday, Poland will host Hungary, while Andorra will try to beat Albania. Enditem。
China's central bank to issue commemorative coins for Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics******
BEIJING, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- China's central bank will issue 12 commemorative coins starting Oct. 26 for the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games.
The coins, all legal tender, include a set of 10 coins -- four gold and six silver -- as well as a set of two copper-alloy coins, the central bank said in a statement.
All gold and silver coins will feature the official emblem of the 24th Winter Olympics on the obverse, decorated with pictures of the Great Wall and snowflakes.
The reverse is inscribed with different designs including mascots of the 24th Winter Olympics and various ice and snow sports.
The copper-alloy coins will feature the official emblem of the 24th Winter Olympics on the obverse, decorated with images of the Great Wall and snow mountains. Enditem
Analysis: Four things to look out for in Spain's Matchday 12******
MADRID, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- The 12th round of matches in La Liga has so many interesting games that it's hard to only focus on four. Here are some things to look out for this weekend in Spain.
1. Post-Koeman Barca face improving Alaves
Every time Barca have sacked a coach recently it has promised a new dawn, but neither Quique Setien, who replaced the harshly treated Ernesto Valverde and Ronald Koeman, who replaced Setien, have been able to improve on the work of the Basque coach. Now with Koeman also gone after defeats to Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano and temporarily replaced by Sergi Barjuan, the team has to react at home to Alaves.
Alaves travel to Barcelona after two wins in two games have lifted them out of the bottom three and they will have their morale sky high. What makes the game so interesting is to see how the Barca players react without Koeman on the bench: will it be more of the same - implying Koeman was right to complain about the limits of his squad, or will they play like a side happy to see a change? - which would of course imply Barca have made the right decision.
2. Valencia and Villarreal look to end their troubles
Valencia's positive start to the season under coach Pepe Bordalas lasted approximately four games and Wednesday highlighted their current problems as Betis thrashed them 4-1.
Meanwhile Villarreal needed a late fightback to avoid a third consecutive league defeat after they had trailed 3-1 at home to Cadiz.
Villarreal sit below Valencia in the league table, but look to have a better squad and starting 11 (even without the injured Gerard Moreno and Juan Foyth). Players such as Arnaut Danuuma, Samuel Chukwueze and Boulaye Dia have enough to give big problems to Valencia's defense, while Manu Trigueros, Dani Parejo and Etienne Capoue should have Valencia on the back foot in midfield.
However, with matches against Atletico Madrid and Real Sociedad around the corner, this is one match where Valencia have to dig deep and get something.
3. Basque derby with the leadership at stake
Derbies between Real Sociedad and Athletic Club Bilbao are always hard-fought affairs and this promises to be tougher than ever as Real Sociedad receive their neighbors as La Liga leaders, while Athletic are battling to climb into the top-six.
The game should see a clash of styles with Real Sociedad aiming to control the ball in midfield and use players such as Mikel Merino, Alexander Isak and Portu to create space against a rival that has an incredibly well-organized defense and midfield.
Athletic will look for the pace of Inaki Williams and vision of Iker Muniain in attack and their effectiveness from set pieces, while Real Sociedad hope to have Mikel Oyarzabal back for a match that will have the best atmosphere of the weekend.
4. Atletico Madrid against Betis doubts against confidence
The fourth standout game this weekend sees Atletico Madrid entertain an in-form Betis at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
Atletico go into the game with some uncharacteristic doubts after being outplayed for much of last weekend's 2-2 draw at home to Real Sociedad and after twice allowing Levante to come from behind on Thursday night, with four dropped points seeing them slip to sixth in the table.
Betis meanwhile brushed aside Valencia 4-1 with an impressive attacking display to make it three consecutive wins and move up to fourth.
The visitors will look to striker Borja Iglesias and midfielder Nabil Fekir to keep causing Atletico problems at the back, but as they showed last weekend, Atletico may not be at their best, but they never give up until the final whistle. Enditem