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Winning the only option for Barca as Koeman's side entertain Dynamo Kiev******
MADRID, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- FC Barcelona face the first of two season-defining games when they play Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League on Wednesday night in a game they have to win.
Although some sectors of the press are already looking ahead to Sunday's 'El Clasico' against Real Madrid, Barca have to give their full attention to Wednesday's game if they are to avoid an early exit from Europe.
3-0 defeats to Bayern Munich and Benfica in their first two group games mean that Barca have to win both of their matches against the Ukrainian side to have a chance of reaching the knockout stages - something that is vital not just for the club's sporting prestige, but also for its cash-strapped finances.
Barcelona got off to a good start to the week when they beat Valencia 3-1 on Sunday night, with Ansu Fati making a huge impact on his return from injury.
Barca coach Ronald Koeman replaced the 18-year-old after an hour and Fati is certain to start on Wednesday, with Memphis Depay alongside him in attack.
Koeman will have to make adjustments in defense, however, where an injury to Ronald Araujo and Eric Garcia's suspension after he was sent off in Lisbon means that either Samuel Umtiti or Clement Lenglet will partner Gerard Pique at the heart of the Barca defense.
The Dutchman clearly has no faith in either of the two players, but it is Lenglet, who has one appearance this season, who is likely to get the nod, while Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto continue as full-backs.
Koeman is still without the injured Pedri, Ousmane Dembele and Martin Braithwaite, but will have Sergio Aguero on the bench after the Argentinian's long-awaited debut in the closing minutes of Sunday's win.
Two more Spanish sides are in Champions League action on Wednesday night with Villarreal needing to bounce back from their first La Liga defeat of the campaign in their visit to Young Boys in Switzerland.
Villarreal are currently bottom of their group and need at least a point to avoid being cut off from the top.
Meanwhile, Sevilla travel to Lille in a tight Group G, where they have two draws from their first two matches in the stage. Enditem
Hong Kong's Hang Seng Tech Index soars over 3 pct in morning trading******
HONG KONG, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong's Hang Seng Tech Index gained over 3 percent during Tuesday's morning trading by opening higher at 6463.03 points, up from 6279.39 points. Enditem。
Canada eases on******
OTTAWA, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- Canada is easing the on-arrival test requirements for fully-vaccinated travellers starting Feb. 28 as the latest wave of COVID-19 driven by the Omicron variant has passed its peak, Public Health Agency of Canada announced Tuesday.
According to the press release, travellers may still be selected for random testing upon arrival but will no longer have to quarantine while awaiting their test results.
Travellers can instead opt for a rapid antigen test approved by the countries they are coming from.
Currently, all travellers, regardless of vaccine status, must provide proof of a negative molecular test, such as a PCR test, within 72 hours of their scheduled flight or land entry into Canada.
The government is also easing its advisory recommending Canadians avoid non-essential travel due to the rise of the Omicron variant.
Restrictions on unvaccinated children younger than 12 and travelling with vaccinated adults are also being lifted. They will no longer need to wait and self isolate before attending school, daycare, or camps.
Unvaccinated travellers will still be required to be tested on arrival into Canada and must quarantine for 14 days, the press release said.