"It's a bit cold tonight, I didn't get used to the field and the weather. I gradually adjusted myself and did better than I usually do," Song added.
Monchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl called his club's group exciting "as we face Europe's top dogs." Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann might face the biggest challenge to repeat his side's semifinal performance last season, with key figures Timo Werner and Patrik Schick having left the club. Enditem
Also, Iran's Super Cup will be held between IPL champions Persepolis and Hazfi Cup winners Tractor soccer clubs on October 18. Enditem
Also on Thursday, Shandong dominated from start to end en route to a 101-51 rout of Daqing. Enditem
Dortmund took the reins from the kick-off and pressed Augsburg on the back foot. Augsburg's defense had their hands full while goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz had to deny a dangerous volley from Axel Witsel in the 6th minute.
Liaoning followed Zhejiang tightly in the fourth set until Zhejiang strengthened the lead by scoring four points in a row. Wang Na took the set point with a service, then Liaoning gifted the victory to Zhejiang with a spiking error.
In Tuesday's other action, Shanghai smashed Hebei 3-0 (25-18, 25-12, 25-7), Tianjin beat Yunnan 3-0 (25-12, 25-17, 25-13), Liaoning defeated Guangdong 3-0 (25-18, 25-12, 25-15), and Zhejiang crushed Sichuan 3-0 (25-12, 25-14, 25-16). Enditem
The remaining games will be played on Sunday, with FC Barcelona kicking off their season at home to Villarreal. Enditem
Olympic medalist Wang Shun reached the finishing line first in the men's 400m individual medley in 4:11.89.
"LGD caught a lot of attention. Though they had problems at the beginning, they know how to adjust themselves. The other three teams all have experienced coaches and managers. I think they will be in best condition for the following games," said Jin Yibo, co-CEO of Tencent Sports. Enditem
Eren Derdiyok (3rd R) of Pakhtakor celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal during the AFC Asian Champions League round of 16 match between Pakhtakor of Uzbekistan and Esteghlal of Iran in Doha, capital of Qatar, Sept. 26, 2020. Pakhtakor was qualified for the quaterfinals after beating Esteghlal 2-1. (Photo by Nikku/Xinhua)