"We were not in a favorable form today, and didn't figure out their zone defense well in the last quarter," admitted Sichuan coach Pan Wei. Enditem
Shanghai's defense played a decisive role in their 112-98 victory over Shaanxi despite the latter's crazy 3-pointer shooting performance
Shanghai guard Peng Szu-Chin hobbled off the court, seemingly through a strain, just one minute into the second half. Without one of its main scorers, Shanghai could not catch up on the offensive end as Xinjiang pulled away through backcourt combo Wang Siyu and Wang Lili's efforts.
After the third period, which saw many lead changes and ties, Sichuan managed a one-point lead heading into the final 10 minutes.
"I knew she was going to be aggressive. I knew that she's playing this way. Today it worked really well for her," Halep added. "At this level, nobody surprises anybody anymore because everyone has a big level and it depends on the day that you are."
Ruben Dias made his debut for Manchester City, but Pep Guardiola's team still needs to improve in defense to have any chance of battling for the title.
Moussa Djenepo scored his first home goal for Southampton in the 41st minute and Oriol Romeu smacked home a sensational volley with just over 20 minutes remaining as the Saints kept their second clean sheet in two games.
Edmond Tapsoba (R) of Leverkusen vies with Silas Wamangituka of Stuttgart during a German Bundesliga match between VfB Stuttgart and Bayer 04 Leverkusen in Stuttgart, Germany, Oct. 3, 2020. (Photo by Philippe Ruiz/Xinhua)
There will be tension in Vitoria as Alaves looks to improve on a poor start that has brought just one point in four games under new coach Pablo Machin. They entertain Athletic Bilbao, who produced a dreadful display to lose 1-0 to a newly-promoted Cadiz side that played with nine men for almost 30 minutes on Thursday.
Inner Mongolia will meet Shandong on Sunday, while Hebei will face Shanxi on Tuesday. Enditem
Sevilla presented their last two signings of the summer with Karim Rekik and Oussama Idrissi joining Julen Lopetegui's side, who once again look to have worked well in the transfer market, despite failing to sign Real Sociedad's Willian Jose.