"We are a new group. I want to help the team get into a rhythm as soon as possible to prepare for tougher matches ahead," Li noted.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) is widely regarded as having the world's most gruelling World Cup qualifying tournament.
The arrival of the national quartet of Li Yueru, Yang Liwei, Huang Sijing and Li Yuan has made Inner Mongolia, playing in the WCBA for a second year, a rising powerhouse in the league.
Freiburg staged a well-positioned defense from the kickoff and was able to keep Lucien Favre's men on the distance in the opening stage.
"We did well on defense," said Inner Mongolia coach Zheng Wei, also assistant coach of China's national team, adding the team still needs to build its chemistry through more game time.
On the Shanghai side, Zhou Yuyan had 11 points, and Han Xu bagged 10.
In the women's 200m sprint, Britain's Awuah, who finished fourth at the Doha Diamond meet last week, clocked 23:05 for her new personal best to beat Hemida Bassant of Egypt, who dipped 23.13 in second place. Zimbabwe's Roda Njobvu was third in 23:18.
Jiangsu and Beijing are placed third and fourth in the championship group standings respectively. Enditem
Head coach Li Tie expressed gratitude for the CSL clubs and the players' participation. "They have endured intensive games and training for 70 days, which was very tough, but they made it through. I myself once took part in a lot of training camps with the national team and I understand they might want to spend more time with their family during the break," he said.
"I think I played a really good match. I was very aggressive. I knew from last year I had to change something, so I really wanted to be better than last year and definitely, I was today," said the world No. 2.
Wu opened the game with two straight 3-pointers, while Henan's Zhang Lingge answered with two shots from beyond the arc. Wu and Liu combined for 18 points as Shanxi built a 22-17 lead in the first quarter.