After the first defeat following 32 games without a loss, Robert Lewandowski's comment might draw the current picture of the 2020 treble winners' situation.
Shandong expects a tough match on Sunday with title favorites Inner Mongolia as their next opponent, while Daqing hopes to bounce back in Sunday's encounter with Beijing, another losing side on Thursday. Enditem
"It means a lot for me. I think I improved a lot in the past two years. I believe in myself that I can make something better than I was before," Giustino said.
The top 16 world-ranked male and top 16 world-ranked female players will fight for glory at the ITTF Finals, with a cap of four players for each association.
Lautaro's scorcher before the interval wiped out Christian Kouame's opener, and the Argentinian then forced Federico Ceccherini into scoring an own goal seven minutes after the break, helping the Nerazzurri turn around the game.
Former international Chen Xiaojia powered Jiangsu's offense through consecutive baskets as Jiangsu went up 23-18 at the end of the first quarter.
Fujian kept straight wins until this loss to Shanghai. However, they are set to face more powerful opponents Tianjin and Jiangsu after this round.
Wang Yuanyuan (L) of Tianjin spikes the ball during the Group A match between Tianjin and Beijing at the 2020 Chinese Women's Volleyball Championship in Jiangmen, South China's Guangdong Province, Sept. 27, 2020. (Xinhua/Qin Lang)
Playing in place of the injured striker Kim Shin-Wook, substitute Bi Jinhao seized the opportunity with a close-range shot in the 25th minute and added a second goal on 41 minutes to ensure Shenhua on course grasping the last spot to race for championship.
AFC general secretary Windsor John said the change reflects the new stature of the competitions and will produce significant benefits for the body and its member associations.
Both Suning and Shenzhen showcased aggressiveness at the beginning of the first half, with Teixeira Santos's header parried by Morteza Pouraliganji in the third minute. Shenzhen's Gao Lin shot to strike back three minutes later but failed to score.