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Slovan Bratislava bids farewell to Europa Conference League******
BRATISLAVA, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- Slovan Bratislava bid farewell to the UEFA Europa Conference League after a 2-0 defeat by FC Copenhagen in the final round of the group stage, placing third in the final Group F standings.。
Copenhagen placed first with 15 points from five victories and advanced to the round of 16. The Greek FC PAOK finished second after edging out Gibraltar's Lincoln Red Imps 2-0 on Thursday.。
FC Copenhagen entered the final round having secured first place already in the previous round. Plagued by injures, the Danish team had to call upon players from its junior team and put six of them on the starting roster. Despite facing inexperienced players, the visitors from Slovakia were unable to achieve the much-needed victory.。
FC Copenhagen opened the score in the 30th minute when the 18-year-old Hakon Haraldsson took the ball towards the box through the middle and passed it back to Jonas Wind who placed his shot well near the right post and it ended in the back of the net.。
Slovan Bratislava had just one solid scoring opportunity in the first half but Jurij Medvedev's shot got saved by the home team's goalkeeper.。
Early in the second half, Wind stripped the visiting midfielder Jaba Kankava off the ball, sent a center pass into the box and the ball got to Rasmus Hojlund who stretched the lead to 2-0.。
Slovan coach Vladimir Weiss Sr. sent in fresh players to try to rally after that but to no avail, and the score remained unchanged.。
"The European teams showed us where we have to improve, what mistakes we are making," said Weiss Sr. after the final whistle. "Modern football is about speed and dynamic play. We have to think faster than in our Fortuna Liga, we have to defend better and underestimate no detail." Enditem。
Across China: Chinese cultural elements seep into sci******
CHONGQING, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- Chinese sci-fi productions are gaining ground on the world stage with Chinese philosophy and aesthetics finding increasing presence in sci-fi novels, movies, animations and video games.
A new novel by the Hugo Award winner Hao Jingfang, which was released at the recent 2021 Children's Science Fiction Conference in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality, incorporates Chinese cultural elements and history into sci-fi narratives.
"The new book embodies wuxia ("martial heroes") and ranger spirits," Hao said, adding she hopes to explore a sci-fi style with Chinese features and hero characters in her creations.
China's sci-fi industry was brought under the international spotlight when the renowned Liu Cixin won the Hugo Award in 2015 for his bestseller "The Three-Body Problem," the first part of the sci-fi epic "The Three-Body Trilogy."
"Sci-fi transcends boundaries. It is the literature genre that resonates the most among people from different countries and cultural backgrounds," Liu said.
"The Three-Body Trilogy" has been published in some 26 languages.
In recent years, Chinese sci-fi has been developing on a fast track. The total output of the industry stood at 65.87 billion yuan (about 10.32 billion U.S. dollars) in 2019, according to an industry report released in 2020.
"As China gains more global attention, the development of Chinese sci-fi has been brought into focus," said Wu Yan, director of the Research Center for Science and Human Imagination at the Southern University of Science and Technology.
SFRA Review, a publication of the U.S.-based Science Fiction Research Association, published research in two issues in 2020 and 2021, to study Chinese sci-fi literature.
Among other sci-fi products, games registered a stellar performance, the report said. In the first half of 2020, the output value of the sector topped 22 billion yuan.
"We are working with sci-fi writers to blend fantasies about the future into the games' worldview and art design," said Guo Zhi, a game producer at TiMi J3 Studio.
Guo said many elements of the studio's games originated in Chinese sci-fi productions, and he expected Chinese sci-fi to boom in the global market with games as a carrier. Enditem
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