Last year "champion" Banska Bystrica (crowned after the abrupt end of the 2019/2020 season in March caused by the COVID-19 strike and subsequently stripped of the title as the governing body decided not to crown a champion of the shortened season) and the runner-up Slovan Bratislava are still trying to find their lost forms, losing their respective second-round fixtures.
Despite the host's dominance they had to be patient as Schalke was able to neutralize the attacks in the opening period.
Inner Mongolia outscored Hebei 34-14 in the third quarter, allowing their opponents no space for a turnaround. Li Yueru added nine points down the stretch. Inner Mongolia had its biggest lead of 46 points heading into the final minute of the match.
Shanghai coach Milos Paden said that when his side found themselves in early trouble, he simply asked them to do what they did every day in practice.
As expected, there was no place for striker Edinson Cavani, who has yet to find a new club after leaving Paris Saint-Germain in June. The 33-year-old has not played since March.
The world No. 4, and two-time finalist at Roland Garros in 2018 and 2019, reached the fourth round in Paris for the five consecutive years.
The Bavarians signed 31-year-old Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Paris), Douglas Costa (Juve), Bouna Sarr (Marseille), and Marc Roca (Espanyol) spending only 19 million euros. Reports speak of 19-year-old Tiago Dantas from Benfica having joined Bayern in a late deal to join the amateur squad.
Arsenal continued its positive start to the season with a 2-1 win at home over Sheffield United, but Mikel Arteta's side had to endure a frantic end to its game after David McGoldrick curled home a spectacular 83rd minute goal for the visitors.
Sichuan was held to six of 26 on three-pointers and out-rebounded its opponents 44-30.
The South American zone's 2022 World Cup qualifiers had been scheduled to begin in late March but were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
"We mainly worked on guarding their three-pointers, also doing well on 3-pointers and rebounds on our own," Dongguan coach Lin Yaosen commented.