The fact that the tie was decided with just one leg, rather than the traditional home and away format, meant the game was a potential banana skin for the Chinese-owned team making its first ever appearance in Europe, but Diego Martinez's side got off to a perfect start with two goals in 10 minutes.
The contract between Lawson and Fujian Sturgeons terminated at the end of the 2019-2020 CBA season in August, but the club based in southeast China have the priority to extend the contract. "We haven't signed him yet," noted the statement.
Keno doubled his personal tally with a low finish and then headed in his third goal by latching on to a Mariano cross.
Duisburg tried to keep pace but the "BVB" continued their relentless march, as Giovanni Reyna's deflected free-kick left goalkeeper Leo Weinkauf helpless five minutes into the second half.
Clubs from 13 (of 16) federal German states will play home games under the new conditions this weekend as the top three football tiers start their new season.
Jobst said no other German club has been missing its fans like Schalke. "A highly charged atmosphere in our arena is part of our identity. For Schalke, it is always together with its members and fans." Enditem
The single-leg match of the third qualifying round was played behind closed doors at Bloomfield Stadium in Jaffa, the southern part of the coastal city of Tel Aviv-Jaffa.
Hoffenheim defended deep in the hope of protecting their narrow lead to the final whistle, but it didn't work out as Cologne substitute Dominick Drexler tapped home a rebound from close range to restore parity in the 88th minute.
BERLIN, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- Hertha Berlin recovered from their first round German Cup exit to crush Werder Bremen 4-1, while Hoffenheim overpowered a resilient Cologne side 3-2 thanks to Andrej Kramaric's last-gasp goal in the opening round of the 2020/21 Bundesliga on Saturday.
In the women's draw, top seed Simona Halep of Romania beat Ukraine's Dayana Yastremska 7-5, 6-4.
"As for the fans, no matter when I get injured, traded or defeated, you always support me, which gives me great belief," he added.