Henan took the lead at the start before Shandong gradually controlled the pace of the match for a 19-11 advantage. Henan was unable to pick up the offense and lost the first set 25-15.
"I may have played too many today. I agree. Maybe I exceeded what I should have played. But I think it worked well in the moments when I needed to get the point I did."
There was drama in the last minute of injury time when Robin le Normand had the ball in the Valencia net only for the VAR to rule it out for handball.
"At the beginning, it's never easy, especially at the beginning of a new tournament. It's the first time for me here at Roland-Garros," the 19-year-old said.
The game was over as a contest in the 45th minute after Pau Torres put the ball into his own net to make it 4-0 and the second half was an anti-climax, although it allowed Ousmane Dembele to return after injury and new signings Pedri, Miralem Pjanic and Francisco Trincao to make their Barca debuts.
JIANGMEN, China, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- Shanghai defeated Fujian with a surprisingly easy 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-12) victory in the Chinese Women's Volleyball Championship here on Sunday.
XI'AN, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- Shandong's Song Haoyang defeated national champion Yao Jie in the men's pole vault at 2020 Chinese Athletics Street Tour played on Yao's home soil on Monday.
The result at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium, which came less than two weeks after Independiente whitewashed Flamengo 5-0 in Quito, guarantees the defending champions a place in the knockout phase.
The recent setback is reviving discussions about Favre's ability to create stability while the squad is accused of lacking robustness when facing determined opponents of lower class.
Barca are still working in the transfer market, however, with Ousmane Dembele now linked to a move to Manchester United as the club chases Memphis Depay - a personal request of Koeman's.
Elsewhere, Guangzhou Evergrande sealed the 1-0 win by an own goal from Dalian Pro defender Shan Pengfei.