Having to address international obligations set up by UEFA, Loew announced that he would use the unpleasant games to test new faces. Newcomers such as Mahmoud Dahoud (Dortmund), Florian Neuhaus, and Jonas Hofmann (both Moenchengladbach) are likely among the squad to be fielded.
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.
On September 6, when Wuhan fans finally got the chance to attend Zall's match against title contenders Beijing Guoan in Suzhou, near Shanghai, hundreds of them made a 750-kilometer (450-mile) trip eastwards to Suzhou for the game.
"They played great and showed their value on the court, which led to our victory," Li commented.
The Kyodo news agency said that despite the mass infections, the club's Pacific League game against the Orix Buffaloes went ahead as planned on Tuesday. The Chiba side lost 3-0 at home.
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.
The ITTF said that it is in discussions with local organizers of the 2020 ITTF Finals about the possibility of having spectators at the event.
Houssem Aouar converted a penalty in the 28th minute to equalize for the hosts after Melvin Bard was taken down by Alvaro Gonzalez.
After Zhou Yuyan and Ma Yufang quickly erased Shanghai's deficit in the second quarter, Zhang shone on the offensive end, scoring seven points in a row to earn Shanghai their first lead since tip-off. Shanghai outscored Tianjin 24-8 in a 10-minute span to lead 43-33 at half-time.
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.
Li also denied the rumors that China will limit the number of naturalized players in the national team. "Jiang Guangtai and Fei Nanduo did well in the CSL. They also expressed a strong desire to play for the national team. We hope to better know each other through training," he said.