China said Monday it will cut foreign player numbers in top-flight teams to curb massive spending on overseas talent, with Chelsea's Diego Costa the latest to be linked to a big-money move. Teams in the Chinese Super League will be able to field no more than three foreigners in a match when the new 2017 season begins in March, according to new rules posted on the Chinese Football Association website. The decision would be "advantageous for the overall development of Chinese football, advantageous for the cultivation of Chinese local footballers and advantageous for raising the level of China's national team," the CFA said.
The score lines weren’t earth shattering as the African Cup of Nations began on Saturday, but there was plenty of excitement to go around. Guinea-Bissau kicked off Group A play in the competition with a shocking 1-1 draw against hosts Gabon. Defender Juary Soares scored a late equalizer for Guinea to pick up a point to open the tournament after Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put Gabon out in front early in the second half. In the day’s other fixture, Cameroon and Burkina Faso also finished level at 1-1 after Issoufou Dayo rescued a point for the latter with 15 minutes remaining from time. Cameroon took the lead beyond the half hour mark when Benjamin Moukandjo fired the Indomitable
Eden Hazard is adamant he does not care about scoring goals and supplying assists so long as Chelsea are winning and the fans go home happy. The Belgium international has been in good form this season after a disappointing 2015-16 campaign, scoring nine goals in 20 Premier League outings.