LONDON, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- James Rodriguez scored twice and added an assist as Everton beat Brighton 4-2 in Goodison Park to keep their 100 percent record at the top of the Premier League on Saturday.
After substitutes stepped in, Xinjiang maintained its level of defense, holding Shanghai to shot-clock violations on several occasions and leading 27-18 at halftime.
After the third period, which saw many lead changes and ties, Sichuan managed a one-point lead heading into the final 10 minutes.
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.
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.
The Blanquirroja are aiming to qualify for their second consecutive World Cup, having ended a 36-year drought to earn a place at the 2018 tournament in Russia.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2019-20 WCBA league concluded earlier than expected, after the 18th round on January 2, meaning the 2020-21 season's curtain raiser on October 1 was the league's first game in nine months.
"We met some difficulties after our key players' departure," Dongguan coach Lin Yaosen admitted.
Namibia Football Association (NFA) spokesperson Dan Kamati said that although their counterparts named a strong team, he chose to rather focus on what his team can offer and is confident that they will compete.
Both of the games highlighted Bilbao's problems in midfield and attack, as they failed to trouble two sides that will probably struggle to avoid the drop this season.
With the support of the Chinese Table Tennis Association (CTTA), international table tennis action is back after several months of activity suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic.