"We met some difficulties after our key players' departure," Dongguan coach Lin Yaosen admitted.
Things changed though for Schalke in the 23rd minute when Suat Serdar was unable to continue after a tackle. Can Bozdogan came in for the injured defensive midfielder and the youngster grabbed the worst possible start into the game as he cleared Emil Forsberg's square pass into the wrong goal in the 31st minute.
Tianjin coach Liu Hao admitted as a young team, his side have a gap to Shanghai in terms of skill.
Paranaense reduced the deficit courtesy of a Renato Kayzer header but Everton Ribeiro put the result beyond doubt when he lashed home from 20 yards after combining with Giorgian de Arrascaeta.
On the other hand, Michalovce and Nitra are leading the rankings after two victories in succession. Kosice, Nove Zamky, and the Hungarian team Miskolc are still in quarantine.
"We played a little tight at the start. We improved later in the match, and showed our character," said Zhejiang coach Gu Jiaqing.
The Buenos Aires giants confirmed the move via a brief statement on social media, in which they wished Marcone "many successes in this new stage".
Shanghai came from behind to beat Tianjin 88-60. Shanghai was trailing by six points at the end of the first quarter, but the team recovered and had a 24-8 second quarter to move ahead. Shanghai controlled the game well to finish the third period 23-10, and then sealed the easy victory.
The ITTF revealed that Zhu has pulled out of the Women's World Cup due to health issues. Sun is also scheduled to play at the 2020 ITTF Finals.
Four-time winner Kipchoge from Kenya was expected to clinch the victory comfortably as his archrival Kenenisa Bekele announced his withdrawal from the event due to a calf injury on Friday.
The 26-year-old Kenyan was far behind her world record of 2:14:04 that she set in Chicago last year, but met no challenge after 30 kilometers.