BUENOS AIRES, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- Lionel Messi said he hoped Argentina's 1-0 defeat of Ecuador in their opening 2022 World Cup qualifier on Thursday would provide some relief to Argentines suffering from the coronavirus pandemic.
In the constructors' standings, Mercedes remain well out in front on 391 points, ahead of Red Bull with 211, with Racing Point moving up to third on 120 points.
Turkey responded well and created two chances in quick succession through Efecan Karaca and Yusuf Yazici in the 15th minute.
Ji moved to Zhejiang in 2006 before becoming WCBA's top-scorer and then led Henan to advance to the finals.
Fujian's Wang Qiuyi scored a career-high 29 points but still couldn't stop the team from losing. Sichuan kept its double-figure margin during the ensuing three quarters, with its biggest lead at 30 points with two minutes left to play.
"We came into this match with the mentality of challenging Xinjiang. I hoped that our players could show our style in such an intense game," said Jiangsu coach Ding Tie.
Kevin Monnet-Paquet, forward for French Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne, is among the foreign-based players, and will be the first time he appears for Amavubi.
"I would like to urge my fellow supporters to adhere to all preventative measures that will be outlined for us. Reaching this time, it is so obvious that almost everyone is aware of the dangers of COVID-19. Therefore everyone is expected to be responsible," he said.
It took the father only three years to win his first world champions title in 1994. Many predict his son is to follow in his footsteps sooner or later. Enditem
"It was a tough match. We didn't play at our level in the first quarter, but changed our tactics into zone defense from the second quarter," Shanxi coach Li Ge commented.
Earlier on Thursday, Paraguay drew 2-2 at home to Peru and Uruguay beat Chile 2-1 in Montevideo.