During Iran's Hazfi Cup final match between Tractor and Esteghlal earlier this month, Elhami got involved in a controversial moment by protesting the referee's performance.
Flamengo had never before lost a Copa Libertadores match by a five-goal margin. Previously, their worst showing in South America's premier club competition was a 5-1 capitulation to Gremio in 1984. Thursday's result was also the heaviest defeat by defending Copa Libertadores champions.
"The game was in fact over after my team saw a straight red card. However, my team tried their best to avoid a worse defeat," Duisburg head coach Torsten Lieberknecht said.
He said Schalke's squad needs to forget about last season's disappointments and try to start afresh. "There is no specific goal for the new season besides doing better," the attacker said.
Frank Lampard's expensively assembled Chelsea side also began the new season with three points, winning 3-1 away at Brighton & Hove Albion in the Monday evening kick-off.
"The board is united and there has been no discussion about Dome's position. It hasn't even been considered," Braz told reporters on Saturday.
Oscar Emboaba Junior and Yu Hai made the season's Chinese Super League title contender lead 2-0 in the first half against Chongqing Lifan.
JERUSALEM, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Israeli champions Maccabi Tel Aviv reached the playoff round of the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday after beating Belarusian champions FC Dynamo Brest 1-0 at home.
Willian opened the scoring from the penalty spot for the visitors and Gabriel Menino also found the target on the hour mark. Marcos Riquelme pulled a goal back for the hosts, who failed to capitalize on having three more shots on goal and over 200 more completed passes than their rivals.
Will Schalke 04 and Werder Bremen experience a change around after both fallen giants only narrowly survived a terrible last season?
It showed that 77 percent of Asian American youths expressed anger over the current anti-Asian hate in the United States, and 60 percent were disappointed at racism.