JIANGMEN, China, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- Shandong and Jiangsu easily moved past their opponents by 3-0 to advance into the knockout stage of the Chinese Women's Volleyball Championships here on Tuesday.
LGD had a terrible beginning in the Play-in Stage by suffering three consecutive losses to PSG, Talon, Esports, Rainbow7 and Unicorns of Love respectively, but later LGD eased past V3 Esports twice to make a comeback and smashed Rainbow7 3-0 in the BO5 (Best Of 5) game on Tuesday.
Hoffenheim then grabbed the lead out of the blue with 16 minutes gone when Ermin Bicakcic headed home Dennis Geiger's corner kick to stun Hansi Flick's men.
The Brazilian giants are guaranteed of advancing to the last 16 regardless of the result of their final group match against Argentina's Defensa y Justicia on October 20.
The two matches in Turkey would be useful for Ghana's new manager Charles Akonnor, who is yet to oversee a game since his appointment in January this year.
"We will have a short break before resuming training on October 5, we will try our best to win the game no matter who are our upcoming rivals," said Wu Xinghan of Shandong Luneng. Enditem
Zhang had just broke the national record in the preliminary final on Sunday night in a time of 52.90 seconds. She led in the first 50 meters in the final, but Yang raced ahead of her in the last moment.
Sunday's last game saw Jarod Bowen score twice as West Ham claimed their first points with a 4-0 win at home to a lackluster Wolverhampton Wanderers. Wolves' striker Raul Jimenez scored a 66th minute own goal and Sebastian Haller bagged the fourth in injury time.
Last season's WCBA league saw an earlier conclusion than originally scheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Thursday's first round matches ended a nine-month WCBA drought.
The defender was then shown a direct red card in the 67th minute for bringing down Luka Jovic, when the striker looked to be through on goal to leave Betis with 10 men.
All 12 Shanghai players in the match list made the scoreboard, with Zhang Zhiting and Li Yingyun scoring 15 and 10 points respectively.