In women's actions, top seed Simona Halep took sweet revenge on her opponent from last year's French Open defeat, trouncing American teenager Amanda Anisimova 6-0, 6-1 to progress.
Many put the performances down to Garitano's defensive and conservative nature and his unwillingness to show confidence in the club's young players. The feeling is that although the squad has obvious weak points (especially in central midfield), the lack of confidence some players showed in the last two games means Garitano is running out of time. Enditem
"I have to improve my control of the game in crunch time," Fang admitted. "It requires time, and I cannot worry about it too much. For every game, I have to prepare well beforehand and draw some experience after it to march forward, step by step."
Players of Shandong pose for group photos during the awarding ceremony of the 2020 Chinese Women's Volleyball Championship in Jiangmen, South China's Guangdong Province, on Oct. 2, 2020. (Xinhua/Qin Lang)
Also on Sunday, Lille secured a comfortable 3-0 win at Strasbourg thanks to goals from Zeki Celik, Renato Sanches and Burak Yilmaz. Strasbourg has lost five of its six league games since the new season started in August. Enditem
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2019-20 WCBA league concluded earlier than expected, after the 18th round on January 2, meaning the 2020-21 season's curtain raiser on October 1 was the league's first game in nine months.
Al Nassr broke the deadlock with a penalty in the 35th minute before Abdi Mehdi Qara leveled for Persepolis just six minutes later.
Despite three losses in a row coming into the season, Wuhan coach Li Xin expressed her satisfaction in some respects.
Zhao Xuetong had 19 points for Sichuan, Hu Yueming and Gao Song each got 17 points. Shen Yi contributed 18 points and eight assists for Dongguan.
Jiangsu seized control of the game from that moment. After Gong Li's three-pointer, they enlarged the gap to 30 points with 3:30 to play in the second quarter before going up 60-22 at halftime. The second half was routine work for Jiangsu as they sailed to a 47-point victory.
BOGOTA, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- Colombia head coach Carlos Queiroz has named James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao in his squad for 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Venezuela and Chile.