One man down, Ajax nevertheless managed to score and secure the victory. Brazilian signing Antony, who arrived from Sao Paulo FC, gave his team the lead in his league debut. Sparta had chances to equalize in the remainder of the match, but Ajax held on for the win.
Her last appearance in the WTA tournaments was in Doha in February, defeated by Elise Mertens in the first round.
"Javier has reached China on Friday, and he will join the team after quarantine. We hope Javier will lead the team to overcome difficulties to win more," the club said in a statement.
Financing for the Games is also robust, as a batch of domestic enterprises including automaker Geely, e-commerce giants Alibaba and sportswear manufacturer 361sport have inked sponsorship deals with the HACOG.
In his opening speech, WTT Council Chair Liu Guoliang, who is also president of the Chinese Table Tennis Association, said, "With World Table Tennis, we are working towards the next step: to create a new table tennis landscape and make it one of the world's largest sports properties. This has always been my dream."
In the northeastern city of Fortaleza, Flamengo's seven-game unbeaten run came to an end with a 2-0 defeat at Ceara. Luiz Otavio netted with a 50th minute header following a corner before Charles Rigon struck with a low finish six minutes later after another set piece.
Nathan Ake has been brought in to give more options at the back, but Guardiola's plans have been somewhat frustrated by new Spain international Eric Garcia's refusal to sign a new contract, and he could be Barcelona bound, while John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi are not reliable enough over a long season.
Elsewhere, Mainz survived a scare against fourth division club Havelse and booked their berth for the next round.
However, the top Shenzhen scorer was substituted with a suspected groin strain in the 43rd minute.
XI'AN, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- Cameroon midfielder Raoul Loe has joined China League One side Shaanxi Chang'an Athletic, the club revealed on Thursday.
Inside the venue for swimming and diving, Tian Youli is shoveling concrete with sweat dripping down his face.