The Curitiba-based side top the Group C standings with six points from three matches, ahead of Chile's Colo-Colo on goal difference. Jorge Wilstermann are third with three points.
The Spain international's deal should also be confirmed on Friday, although he won't take part in Sunday's important league fixture which sees Liverpool travel to face big-spending Chelsea. Enditem
Jorginho opened the scoring for the Blues with a penalty in the 23rd minute after debutant Timo Werner was tripped by Brighton keeper Mat Ryan.
In the women's tournament, Simona Halep advanced to the semifinals after Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva retired with the scores at 6-2, 2-0. She is to meet ninth-seeded Garbine Muguruza of Spain, who beat former number one Victoria Arazenka.
Bas Dost (R) of Frankfurt vies with Amos Pieper of Bielefeld during a German Bundesliga match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Arminia Bielefeld in Frankfurt, Germany, Sept. 19, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Voigt/Xinhua)
The Rio de Janeiro state championship resumed behind closed doors in June and officials had hoped to reopen stadiums in July but changed their minds as infections soared.
Dortmund's season opener this Saturday evening against Borussia Moenchengladbach might well deliver first impressions of how the top German league's 2020/21 story might end.
Fulham almost had the perfect start when an errant pass from Gabriel allowed Aboubakar Kamara through on goal, but Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno was able to scramble the ball to safety.
"The fans are right to complain, but we have to consider factors like the limited time the coach has had and the training possibilities," he added. Enditem
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Asian Americans are experiencing increased racism amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to two reports released Thursday by Los Angeles-based Stop AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) Hate Reporting Center.
Meanwhile the fixtures between Athletic Club and FC Barcelona, Sevilla and Elche, and Levante and Atletico Madrid have been postponed because of Barcelona, Sevilla, Atletico and Elche's late finishes to last season and they will now be played in December.