Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi has been unfairly maligned by some for a perceived inability to reproduce his club form for Argentina. But the 33-year-old's record for his country stands tall against the greats of any era. Messi is his country's all-time leading scorer with 70 goals and 45 assists from 138 appearances.
Luo Xinyu bagged 18 points for Jiangsu, who also got 14 points apiece from Xu Chenyan and Jiang Jiayin.
With a perfect record in the new season, Jiangsu expects a tough route ahead as title contender Xinjiang awaits them on Saturday.
Last year "champion" Banska Bystrica (crowned after the abrupt end of the 2019/2020 season in March caused by the COVID-19 strike and subsequently stripped of the title as the governing body decided not to crown a champion of the shortened season) and the runner-up Slovan Bratislava are still trying to find their lost forms, losing their respective second-round fixtures.
In another highly-anticipated fixture between Inter and Lazio, Lautaro Martinez put Inter ahead in the 30th minute, while the Biancocelesti got the game back on level terms 10 minutes after the break with Sergej Milinkovic-Savic's powering header.
"We played a little tight at the start. We improved later in the match, and showed our character," said Zhejiang coach Gu Jiaqing.
Spisska Nova Ves changed its name to the Spis Knights prior to the 2020-21 season and it seems to have brought the team from the mountainous north of the country luck as it currently holds the second spot in the rankings after securing its second win in a row, defeating the Levice Patriots 83-75.
To stay in the A-group is a matter affecting the team's future, Keller said.
Julian Draxler, Idrissa Gueye and Kylian Mbappe added another three in the second half while Angers pulled one back in the 52nd minute.
Banda's second and third goals in the 39th and 73rd minute helped Shanghai secure the second-round victory, despite Wuhan player Han Peng's free-kick goal in stoppage time of the first half and Beatriz Zaneratto Joao's header in the 80th minute.
"We contained their three-pointer shooting quite well," Dongguan coach Lin Yaosen reflected.