Atletico's finish to the season even gave hope that they could take advantage of the changed format for the last eight of the Champions League and secure a title that has so far evaded them, but German side RB Leipzig put paid to that optimism at the first hurdle in which Atletico showed many of their usual flaws and few of their virtues.
But he played down Hashimoto's determination when asked if the pandemic could not be fully contained next year.
FIFA added that a new schedule would be unveiled "in due course" after further talks with CONCACAF officials, confirming only that the first round would be in March.
Both sides have won their past two matches, and were eager to continue the run of good form. Venezuelan striker Salomon Rondon caught a long pass from Zhang Chong and made a quick shot in the 23rd minute, helping Dalian take the lead for the first half.
"It was not a hard game, and I felt good to partner with Wang again. We are very familiar with each other and we cooperate really well," said Huang.
SIPG remain unbeaten with six wins and two draws before the match. They kept offense flowing and had a point-blank chance on 34 minutes, while captain Hulk blasted a close-range shot that was saved by China Fortune keeper Bao Yaxiong.
SUZHOU, China, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- Hebei China Fortune upset giants Shanghai SIPG with a 2-0 victory in the 9th round of the Chinese Super League (CSL) on Saturday night, while Chen Pu's winning goal helped Shijiazhuang Ever Bright overcome Qingdao Huanghai 1-0.
The midfielder then posted a message to fans on social media as he prepared to undergo surgery to repair his ACL.
"Some immoral agents disregarded professional ethics and lured young players and their guardians to sign with them," the open letter said.
DALIAN, China, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- Dia Saba and Ye Chugui netted to give Guangzhou R&F a 3-1 win over Henan Jianye in the 10th round of the Chinese Super League (CSL), while Dalian Pro conceded a late goal in a 1-1 draw with Jiangsu Suning on Tuesday night.
It was also a disastrous race for Red Bull, with Max Verstappen retiring from the midfield with engine trouble, and Alex Albon finishing down in 15th after a scrappy performance in which he received a five-second penalty for impeding Romain Grosjean's Haas.