Xinhua looks at some of the major talking points ahead of Thursday's opening day of fixtures in CONMEBOL's road to Qatar 2022.
Rodrigo Ely's 74th minute header, following a free kick, gave Alaves its first win of the season at home to Athletic Club Bilbao, who again disappointed just three days after suffering a home defeat to Cadiz and has dropped to second from bottom in the table.
With five players on target, Atalanta enjoyed another convincing victory as the Dea crashed Cagliari 5-2.
If Uruguay qualify for Qatar, Tabarez will be the first manager to take the same national team to five World Cups. He will also set a record as the oldest World Cup manager - he will be 75 when the tournament starts - surpassing Otto Rehhagel, who was 71 when he led Greece during the 2010 edition in South Africa.
Both male and female professional cyclists will compete in 60km and 30km individual races respectively, around Lake Ulan Suhai.
The result has increased the pressure on Athletic Bilbao coach Gaizka Garitano, whose post-match comments that "the Primera Liga is difficult for us" was criticized by the fans.
"I think we both played really well and a really great match. She played unbelievably good, considering she is so young, she has a very bright future," Zhang commented on her opponent.
Saturday ended with Newcastle United winning 3-1 at home to Burnley thanks to an excellent display from winger Allan Saint-Maximin. The Frenchman scored his side's first goal and then set up Callum Wilson for Newcastle's second of the game just four minutes after Ashley Westwood's 61st minute equalizer for the visitors.
Shanxi and Henan played out a close game, although Shanxi ultimately won 76-70. Shanxi led the game by 9 points after the first half, but Henan did very well to surpass Shanxi in the third quarter.
Osasuna got back to winning ways with a 2-0 win at home over Celta Vigo, thanks to a 23rd-minute goal from Facundo Roncaglia, who fired home from outside of the Celta penalty area, before crossing for Jonathan Calleri to head home the second for the Pamplona-based outfit 14 minutes from time.
Suarez said he was ready for the clashes against Chile in Montevideo on October 8 and Ecuador in Quito five days later.