In Group G's other match, Al-Ain FC and Al-Sadd SC shared the points in a thrilling 3-3 draw. Enditem
In the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre, Gabriel Boschilia scored in second-half stoppage time to hand Internacional a 4-3 home win over Colombia's America de Cali.
Thiago's arrival will give Liverpool further midfield options and variety alongside Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Naby Keita, Fabinho, Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain and the veteran James Milner, although Barcelona are rumored to be interested in taking Wijnaldum to the Camp Nou. Enditem
Al-Taawoun will face Persepolis again on Friday.
In the opening round of CONMEBOL qualifiers, Colombia host Venezuela, Uruguay are home to Chile, Bolivia visit Brazil, Paraguay welcome Peru and Ecuador travel to Argentina. Enditem
Shenhua took the upper hand after Yang Xu converted a penalty on 47 minutes from Lu Lin's trip on Peng Xinli but R&F leveled in the 79th minute as Zhang Gong flicked in a cross from Chen Zhizhao.
Alaba joined Bayern as a junior in 2009, making his way to world-class. Over recent years, the Austrian talked about his dreams of playing in Spain for clubs like Barcelona or Real Madrid.
The 29-year-old midfielder joined the Reds with a reported fee of 20 million pounds (about 25.8 million US dollars) for four years to become the club's second signing of the summer transfer window, following Kostas Tsimikas in August.
Now, the 29-year-old says he is fully fit again and ready to shine for the Albiceleste, should he be given the chance.
Villarreal coach Unai Emery will be looking for more cohesion in attack and his side will be favorites against Eibar, whose first game of the season was a dull 0-0 draw with Celta Vigo.
Rain grew heavier at night, causing trouble for every athlete, but Asian record holder Xie still showed his dominance in the men's 200m. The 27-year-old took the lead all the way, rushing to the finish line in 20.72 seconds.