"We had an excellent first half, it's a pity we didn't end the game right away, we dropped physically in the second half and we knew that they were aiming for breakaways, but we were good at controlling them," Pirlo said after the match.
Qingdao scored the consolation goal from Denis Popovic's penalty in the dying minutes.
But he has fallen out of favor under Atletico's current manager Jorge Sampaoli and has not played for the club since March.
The single-leg match was played behind closed doors in the city of Petah Tikva, after Beer Sheva's Turner Stadium was closed last month amid structural concerns.
Omar Al Soma (R, front) of Al Ahli Saudi FC vies with Farshid Esmaeili(L, front) of Esteghlal FC during the AFC Asian Champions League group A football match between Esteghlal FC of Iran and Al Ahli Saudi FC of Saudi Arabia in Doha, capital of Qatar, Sept. 23, 2020. (Photo by Nikku/Xinhua)
In other action on Sunday, Jamie O'Neill took top spot in his group after two wins and one loss.
Shenzhen FC, which ranked fifth in the group with 14 points, will face Rafael Benitez's Dalian Pro in the 13th round on Thursday.
The amended plans, now submitted to Liverpool City Council, respond to the site's location in a Unesco WHS and now include the introduction of a stepped plaza offering a new covered area for stadium entry and enhanced river views.
World number 12 Ding shared the opening four frames with Mark Allen, but took the following three in a row to seal a 5-2 win.
She had hoped to make her comeback at Roland Garros, the main draw for which begins on September 27 and runs through to October 11, but has withdrawn from the event last week.
In Friday's only other fixture, Bolivia's Jorge Wilstermann secured a 3-0 home win over Uruguayan side Penarol. Enditem