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.
One suspects that Messi, who will be 35 when the next edition of football's showpiece tournament begins, will be a man on a mission during these qualifiers as he seeks to enhance his own legacy and end Argentina's nearly three-decade wait for major silverware.
Meanwhile Barca loaned 20-year-old left back Joan Miranda to Betis, while Rafinha Alcantara was sold to Paris Saint Germain for a bargain three million euros and central defender Jean-Clair Todibo (who is not in Koeman's plans) was loaned to Benfica on a two-year deal.
With starters back on court in the third quarter, Shanxi again pushed their lead back to double figures on Wu's three-point play with 2:50 left before going up 63-56 heading toward the final 10 minutes.
"We executed the coach's tactics well," she explained.
The two-time Grand Slam winner committed just seven unforced errors throughout the one-sided encounter and broke her opponents six times.
The injury means that Alba will be forced to pull out of the Spanish national team squad for the forthcoming friendly game in Portugal and the UEFA Nations League ties against Switzerland and Ukraine.
Earlier on the Court Philippe-Chatrier, men's singles third seed, Dominic Thiem claimed another straight-set victory over 28th seed Casper Ruud, beating the Norwegian 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 to set up a last-16 clash against the winner between 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka and Hugo Gaston.
Their Canadian forward Christophe Lalancette completed his hat-trick in the final stretch to guide his team to a respected victory and the first place in the rankings, 4-5.
Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland in the men's singles match at French Open 2020 in Paris. (Photo by Aurelien Morissard/Xinhua)
Other goalkeepers in Queiroz's squad for the matches are Camilo Vargas, Alvaro Montero and Aldair Quintana.