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Controversial penalty gives Xavi debut win as Barca ride their luck against Espanyol******
MADRID, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- Xavi Hernandez started his reign as FC Barcelona coach with a 1-0 win in the city derby against Espanyol in the Camp Nou Stadium on Saturday.。
Although there were positive signs for Barca, they owed their win to a controversial penalty and some bad luck for their rivals, who saw two shots from striker Raul de Tomas hit the post.。
Xavi made a declaration of intent in his starting 11 with 17-year-old Gavi and 19-year-old Nico Gonzalez joined by 17-year-old Ilias Akhomach, who was making his first team debut.。
The new coach's style was also quickly evident as Barca looked more aggressive and tried to pressure Espanyol high up the field.。
Memphis Depay had Barca's first chance after just 3 minutes, but his volley was right at Diego Lopez, while Ilias fired over with his left foot.。
Espanyol were content to sit deep and soak up pressure and for all Barca's pressure chances were few and far between, with Gonzalez seeing a shot blocked after a long Barca attack, while Lopez got down well to a Busquets' effort from outside of the area.。
The half ended with Espanyol striker Raul de Tomas seeing a shot deflected inches over after getting in behind Barca right back Oscar Mingueza.。
Xavi replaced Ilias with another youngster Abde at the start of the second half and within a minute Barca were awarded a penalty after Memphis went down under a challenge from Leandro Cabrera.。
It looked as if the defender had clearly got the ball, but the VAR confirmed the referee's decision and Memphis sent Lopez the wrong way from the spot.。
The game was scrappy after the goal, with too many niggling fouls and both Abde and Pedrosa were booked after squaring up to each other, a minute before Cabrera slid Abde's low cross out for a corner.。
At the other end Ter Stegen punched away Adrian Embarba's free kick from a tight angle and De Tomas fired wide after again getting in behind Mingueza.。
Abde was proving to be a threat for Barca, cutting inside and curling a shot just over the Espanyol crossbar, before beating Pedrosa for speed and sending the ball along the edge of the six-yard box.。
Wu Lei came on for Espanyol in the 78th minute, just before De Tomas grazed the outside of the Barca post from a free kick and the Chinese winger then sent the ball over for Landry Dimata, who somehow headed wide with the goal gaping.。
De Tomas hit the post with a powerful header after a cross from the left and Wu Lei was inches away from vital touch in the last seconds as Barca rode their luck to hold on. Enditem。
Market exchange rates in China******
BEIJING, Nov. 1 (Xinhua) -- The following are the central parity rates of the Chinese currency renminbi, or the yuan, against 24 major currencies announced on Monday by the China Foreign Exchange Trade System:。
Currency Unit Central parity rate in yuan。
U.S. dollar 100 641.92。
Euro 100 741.84。
Japanese yen 100 5.6207。
Hong Kong dollar 100 82.517。
British pound 100 878.33。
Australian dollar 100 482.49。
New Zealand dollar 100 460.40。
Singapore dollar 100 475.59。
Swiss franc 100 700.74。
Canadian dollar 100 518.39。
Malaysian ringgit 64.583 100。
Ruble 1,105.92 100。
Rand 237.22 100。
Korean won 18,305 100。
UAE dirham 57.238 100。
Saudi riyal 58.453 100。
Hungarian forint 4,852.72 100。
Polish zloty 62.134 100。
Danish krone 100.25 100。
Swedish krona 133.90 100。
Norwegian krone 131.62 100。
Turkish lira 149.437 100。
Mexican peso 320.23 100。
Thai baht 519.19 100。
The central parity rate of the yuan against the U.S. dollar is based on a weighted average of prices offered by market makers before the opening of the interbank market each business day.。
The central parity rate of the yuan against the Hong Kong dollar is based on the central parity rate of the yuan against the U.S. dollar and the exchange rate of the Hong Kong dollar against the U.S. dollar at 9 a.m. in international foreign exchange markets on the same business day.。
The central parity rates of the yuan against the other 22 currencies are based on the average prices offered by market makers before the opening of the interbank foreign exchange market. Enditem。
Slovan Bratislava taste first victory in UEFA Conference League******
BRATISLAVA, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- After a defeat and a draw, Slovan Bratislava finally scored a victory in Group F of the UEFA Conference League, defeating Gibraltar's Lincoln Red Imps 2-0 on Thursday.
Slovan could have taken the lead just 30 seconds into the game when striker Samuel Mraz beat the offside trap and found himself alone on the edge of the area, but his shot ended up in the hands of Red Imps keeper Dayle Coleing.
Eight minutes later, after a long throw in, the visitors were very close to taking the lead, but Bernardo Lopes' attempt from inside the box was saved by Slovan keeper Adrian Chovan.
The home team was dominating but made a lot of mistakes in defense, enabling the Red Imps to mount dangerous counterattacks.
On one of these occasions, the Red Imps were only centimeters away from opening the scoring in the 26th minute when 20-year-old defender Ethan Brito failed to convert a cross from the right.
Slovan struck three minutes before the end of the first half when Jaromir Zmrhal managed to squeeze the ball through two defenders, but his shot from close range bounced off the post and Aleksandar Cavric's subsequent rebound attempt went wide.
The fans in the Tehelne Pole stadium in Bratislava finally had something to cheer about just 50 seconds into the second half, when Slovan's English midfielder Andre Green, returning after an ankle injury, had no trouble slotting Jurij Medvedev's pass into the net, putting Slovan ahead 1-0.
Six minutes before the end, Medvedev sent a free-kick into the box for his Bulgarian teammate Vasil Bozhikov. The ball bounced off a defender and landed at Ezekiel Henty's feet, and the Nigerian striker bundled home from close range to secure the 2-0 win.
"We had to fight hard for this victory. The Red Imps are a tough opponent that should not be underestimated. I am happy with the three points but not with the performance of my team," said Slovan coach Vladimir Weiss.
"The group is tough, we will have to score points in the following away games if we want to advance," he added.
Slovan Bratislava is third in Group F with four points, with PAOK leading the pack with seven points after defeating second-placed FC Copenhagen 2-1 on Thursday. Lincoln Red Imps are still bottom and pointless. Enditem