DALIAN, China, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- Guangzhou R&F ousted defending champions Shanghai Shenhua 5-3 on penalties in the first round of the 2020 China Football Association Cup (CFA Cup), while Guangzhou Evergrande beat Henan Jianye 2-0 on Friday night.
"Our players are highly motivated to beat their opponents on Sunday. We are Esteghlal and can benefit from our previous experience in the competition," he added.
Nishikori needed six match points to seal the win in two hours at the ATP Masters event held behind closed doors at the Foro Italico.
Just before the break, Hoffenheim took a 2-1 lead as a VAR-assisted penalty was awarded after Rafael Czichos was fouled inside the box. Kramaric stepped up and slotted home past Horn.
The 31-year-old recently commented that he would like to return to the Premier League and said Madrid had blocked previous attempts to leave.
Stage One involves 32 groups of four players, with the player who tops each group progressing to Stage Two.
Al-Taawoun lost its last match to Iran's Persepolis 1-0 on Tuesday, but is still atop of Group C with six points from three matches.
Jorginho opened the scoring for the Blues with a penalty in the 23rd minute after debutant Timo Werner was tripped by Brighton keeper Mat Ryan.
Rain grew heavier at night, causing trouble for every athlete, but Asian record holder Xie still showed his dominance in the men's 200m. The 27-year-old took the lead all the way, rushing to the finish line in 20.72 seconds.
"We want to sustainably help China on its way to becoming a successful football nation. It's not a sprint but a long-distance race," Jobst emphasized. "An increased market share comes with the effort," he added.
The others were Tottenham defender Juan Foyth, Manchester City center-back Nicolas Otamendi, Tottenham midfielder Giovani Lo Celso and Brighton midfielder Alexis Mac Allister.