But there still is a long way to go for Chinese players. On the statistical front, foreign players occupied all the spots in the top 10 highest goal scorers, with Guoan striker Bakambu equalling Hebei China Fortune's Marcos as top scorer on 11 goals apiece.
Vital performers such as Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller demanded new faces after admitting to be exhausted after an energy sapping 2019/2020 season.
Henan took the lead at the start before Shandong gradually controlled the pace of the match for a 19-11 advantage. Henan was unable to pick up the offense and lost the first set 25-15.
Head coach Li Tie and his team will assemble for a five-day training camp in Shanghai starting from October 4. Star striker Wu Lei, who plays for Espanol in Spain, will not participate in the camp.
The 2020 China Sports Show was also affected. The annual sports business show had originally been scheduled in May, but had to be postponed to September. For the same reason, the number of international participants was much smaller than last year.
Lucas Boye's 36th minute goal gave newly promoted Elche a 1-0 win away to Eibar, who are also in deep trouble in the relegation zone. Eibar controled most of the game, but lacked firepower in attack and wasted a great chance to take at least a point when Edu Exposito sent a 52nd minute penalty over the crossbar. Enditem
Another game on Monday saw Tianjin take a 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-17) victory over Fujian.
Tao Guannan from Guangdong and Shandong's Liu Zongyu took second and third places respectively.
"I am very happy and excited to sign for Maritimo," Alipour was quoted as saying.
BEIJING, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- China's State Council has agreed to establish the 2023 AFC Asian Cup Chinese Organizing Committee, the government's official website announced on Monday.
Emerson scored an own goal in the 48th minute of the game to make it 2-2 after goals from Aissa Mandi and William Carvalho overturned Fede Valverde's 14th minute opener for Real Madrid.