German record international Lothar Matthaeus recommended Hoffenheim striker Andre Kramaric. The 29-year-old Croatian forward has scored two goals when his side crushed the Bavarians last weekend.
The game was over by halftime as the 18-year-old produced a magnificent display that will only give strength to those who see him as the natural successor to Leo Messi.
"I am really happy about my first round. I was facing another great champion today. The transition to clay and the cold conditions worked out pretty well," said Thiem.
For the fifth placed Shenzhen, any prospect of promoting the top four appeared to be extinguished when Pouraliganji's powerful shot hit the crossbar on 75 minutes.
Three minutes after Changchun was shown a red card in the second half, Sichuan steered a header into the net against the 10-men team. However, from the 65th minute, Gao Di, Tan Long, and Li Guangwen shot three consecutive goals for Changchun in nine minutes to overturn the situation.
Instead, the federation will launch a virtual race, to be announced within the next days.
According to the schedule, Guoan will continue to be in the Suzhou division and compete with seven other clubs for the CSL championship this year. Its first opponent is Shandong Luneng, who ranked third in the Dalian division in the first stage. As the second phase of the CSL adopts a two-round knockout system, the two sides will start their first fight on October 17.
According to the schedule, Guoan will continue to compete in the Suzhou division with seven other clubs for the CSL championship. Its first opponent is Shandong Luneng, who ranked third in the Dalian division in the first stage. As the second phase of the CSL adopts a two-round knockout system, the two sides will start their first fight on October 17.
Suzhou, in east China's Jiangsu province, will host Final A, while Final B will be staged in Dalian, in northeast China's Liaoning province.
Shanghai Shenhua wrapped up with 21 points on the fourth place in the Dalian group, while Henan languished at the bottom with six points.
The Serb frequently used drop shots throughout the game, just as he did during his Rome title run last week.