"But I take it as a very positive thing. I am playing quite well to win against a player like Stefano today with this score.
"We are a new group. I want to help the team get into a rhythm as soon as possible to prepare for tougher matches ahead," Li noted.
Moments later, new arrival Joel Pohjanpalo scored his first goal for Union only 35 seconds after coming on to put the result beyond doubt in the 64th minute.
"Gerhard is a bright coach, and we're very pleased to welcome him to the club," said the team's head of sport Kevin Thelwell. "Gerhard's playing style and experience in youth development align with our philosophy and above all, as a person he fits into our culture. We look forward to him getting here and working together to achieve the goals we have set as a club."
As one of title contenders going into the current campaign, Xinjiang was back on a winning track following its defeat to Sichuan in Thursday's opener.
"I executed the race well despite not being fully fit. I have a hamstring injury that I want to manage when I take a break, this being the last event this season. It feels good to end the season on a winning tone, especially at home, having won the Diamond League races in Monaco and Stockholm.
CHENGDU, China, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- Xinjiang put on a defensive-minded game to best Shanghai 68-53 in the Women's Chinese Basketball Association (WCBA) league here on Wednesday.
CHENGDU, Oct. 6 (Xinhua) -- Zhejiang came up big in the first half before getting over Fujian 96-76 in the Women's Chinese Basketball Association (WCBA) league here on Tuesday.
Esteghlal had been linked with former Werder Bremen coach Alexander Nouri but they failed to reach an agreement with the German-Iranian coach due to financial disagreements.
Real Madrid, who on Friday completed the loan of striker Borja Mayoral to AS Roma, travel to Valencia where they will play a Levante side that was slightly unlucky to lose to a late goal away to Sevilla in midweek.
For Chinese sports fans, their demand for sports events was suppressed for nearly half a year.