"In terms of where we are competition-wise, the objective at the end of the day is to measure our standard to the South African standard and see if we can meet it. We are not oblivious though, we have included six of our foreign-based players. They will bring in more drive and experience to add to that of our local players," he concluded.
Fiorentina loanee Pedro put the hosts ahead with a low strike before Bruno Henrique converted from the penalty spot after a Leo Gomes handball.
Baum's start wasn't what you would call success, as all things seemed to go wrong. An own-goal and injuries against Leipzig seem to have robbed the team of its last remaining bit of confidence.
Wang Lili made 11 of 20 field shots and scored 25 points for Xinjiang, one of the title contenders over the current campaign. Wang Siyu helped with 11.
Edin Dzeko wasted a good opportunity in the 21st minute as the hitman sprung the offside trap but ballooned it over the bar.
Shanghai's hope of leveling the game was shattered as Barbra Banda's shot in the 87th minute hit the woodwork and bounced off.
Henan whittled away Shanxi's lead to three points through an 8-0 spurt. Then Wu made a layup and Yu Dong fired a three-pointer, snapping Shanxi's skid. Zhang Xianyuan led another Henan fightback, and after her jumper, Henan turned the game around at 56-54 with 1:57 left in the third quarter, but Shanxi managed to keep a slim advantage at 59-58 into the last period.
James' free kick was headed home by Yerry Mina on the stroke of halftime to put Everton back in front, before James rounded off an excellent individual display with two second-half goals.
"The match today I think we both play really well and a really great match. She played unbelievably good," said Zhang, who defeated Burel 6-3, 7-6(3) in the Strasbourg Open before coming to Paris.
Vinicius added to the conundrum with his winning goal to give Madrid a slightly fortunate win at home to Valladolid on Wednesday, while Jovic has so far failed to impress. Against Levante it will be interesting if Zidane sticks with the Serb or if Vinicius comes back into the side.
According to Xia Qiang, head of the construction company at the site, refrigeration pipes were embedded in the design of the gymnasium. The first ice-making took 5 days, watering at -4 degree to make ice, increasing layer by layer, making 1 to 2 millimeters of ice at a time until an ice layer of more than 4 centimeters thick was made.