Despite the loss, Hebei coach Ma Tao expressed satisfaction with his players.
"We were not in a favorable form today, and didn't figure out their zone defense well in the last quarter," admitted Sichuan coach Pan Wei. Enditem
Things changed though for Schalke in the 23rd minute when Suat Serdar was unable to continue after a tackle. Can Bozdogan came in for the injured defensive midfielder and the youngster grabbed the worst possible start into the game as he cleared Emil Forsberg's square pass into the wrong goal in the 31st minute.
The South American zone World Cup qualifiers had originally been scheduled to begin in late March but were suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. Enditem
Despite the return of the veteran duo, Colombia's squad also features a number of fresh faces, including uncapped Hertha Berlin striker John Cordoba and America de Cali goalkeeper Eder Chaux.
Tsitsipas was edged by Stan Wawrinka in a marathon over-fiver-hour battle at this stage last year, but this time he took chances with his 24 winners against the No.18 seed.
NANNING, China, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- The 2020 Guilin-Ziyuan international cross country race kicked off on Saturday in Ziyuan County, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
Can Bozdogan (below) of Schalke 04 scores an own goal during a German Bundesliga match between RB Leipzig and FC Schalke 04 in Leipzig, Germany, Oct. 3, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Voigt/Xinhua)
Those to have been ruled out of the matches include forwards Juan Carlos Arce, Gilbert Alvarez and Victor Abrego, midfielders Erwin Saavedra and Leonel Justiniano, and defenders Adrian Jusino, Luis Haquin and Diego Bejarano.
The South American zone's 2022 World Cup qualifiers had been scheduled to begin in late March but were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Enditem
Hao, former assistant coach and technical director of Luneng, will be the club's new head coach.