"I think I played a really good match. I was very aggressive. I knew from last year I had to change something, so I really wanted to be better than last year and definitely, I was today," said the world No. 2.
Athletic's last home defeat was probably the most painful of them all as it lost 1-0 at home to newly promoted Cadiz on Thursday despite playing against nine men for almost half an hour. The loss again highlighted the lack of attacking ideas under coach Gaizka Garitano and although there are obvious weaknesses to the squad, many think a more aggressive coach could get more out of it.
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.
On the Shandong side, Yang Hengyu contributed 16 points, while Qiao Yanzi added 12.
Growing infection figures around Cologne's venue are forcing Germany to play behind closed doors. Simultaneously, approval figures among German supporters decrease.
Wu and Zhao combined for the first 11 points for Shanxi, who showed their depth and began to pull away after bench players came in for a 24-16 first quarter advantage through Fu Jinqiu's buzzer-beating layup.
The French champions will kick off the continental campaign at home against Manchester United on October 20.
Osasuna got back to winning ways with a 2-0 win at home over Celta Vigo, thanks to a 23rd-minute goal from Facundo Roncaglia, who fired home from outside of the Celta penalty area, before crossing for Jonathan Calleri to head home the second for the Pamplona-based outfit 14 minutes from time.
BRATISLAVA, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- Lucenec built on its leading position thanks to its third straight win, defeating the reigning champion Inter Bratislava 98-77 in the third round of the basketball premiership SBL (Slovak Basketball League) which were played without fans under COVID-19 control measures.
"We are really pleased with the process over the last month and are proud that our league's policies are in line with our own when it comes to diversity in hiring," said Thelwell. "We met and spent time with several great candidates of diverse backgrounds and experiences. The quality of the candidate pool further solidified our confidence in Gerhard as a top choice to lead our team."
Shanxi coach Li Ge gave a high appraisal of some of his veterans' performance.