"He [Jesus] has his opinions and we had some confrontations at the start, when we didn't communicate a lot," the defender said. "He could be very hard on us but it was all for the good of the team... He's on the list of the best coaches I've had, along with [Pep] Guardiola." Enditem
As the participants have not taken football training in the first half of the year, all of them are excited at taking part in the tournament and have prepared for nearly two months before it gets started.
Both sides had one player down in the dying minute as Luneng's Dai Lin was sent off due to an awful tackle after Evergrande's Luo Guofu saw red for stamping.
"Extremely happy. Tough year for everyone. Really glad the work that everyone put into this event to give us the opportunity to get back on the court," he added. Enditem
BERLIN, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- Martin Kobylanski's hat-trick helped second division side Eintracht Braunschweig knockout Hertha Berlin 5-4 while Mainz bounced back and avoided an upset to lower league side Havelse following a 5-1 win in the opening round in the German Cup on Friday.
The 35-year-old joined the Greek club last month after exercising a clause in his Flamengo contract that allowed him to return to Europe on a free transfer.
The season kicked off with a dull 0-0 draw between Eibar and Celta Vigo and the 90 minutes between two sides that flirted with relegation last season was really only memorable for Eibar's Pape Diop becoming the first player sent off in Spain this season.
Despite having the majority of the ball, Zall failed to make an impact as Cote d'Ivoire striker Jean Evrard Kouassi and Dong both squandered chances to level the game.
With the draw, Luneng and Shenhua remain third and fourth ranked at the table with 17 and 13 points respectively.
Henan found a consolation goal in the 75th minute as Christian Bassogog scored an open goal in a counterattack.
Frankfurt were more clinical with their chances and punished courageous Nuremberg as Bas Dost's volley assist allowed Andre Silva to nod home the opener six minutes into the second half.