Dubbed "Female O'Neal", Li Yueru was unstoppable in the paint in the first quarter, shooting five of five from the field to put Inner Mongolia up 24-10 as the quarter expired.
As expected, there was no place for striker Edinson Cavani, who has yet to find a new club after leaving Paris Saint-Germain in June. The 33-year-old has not played since March.
Esteghlal had been linked with former Werder Bremen coach Alexander Nouri but they failed to reach an agreement with the German-Iranian coach due to financial disagreements.
Four naturalized players Jiang Guangtai, Fei Nanduo, Ai Kesen and Li Ke were called up. Wu Xinghan from Shandong Luneng replaced Wuhan Zall midfielder Liu Yun who misses out due to injury.
CHENGDU, China, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- Xinjiang put on a defensive-minded game to best Shanghai 68-53 in the Women's Chinese Basketball Association (WCBA) league here on Wednesday.
Referee Daniele Doveri checks the field of play before the match at Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy, on Oct. 4, 2020. The Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Napoli scheduled on Oct. 4, 2020 was abandoned as the visiting Napoli team failed to show up after players tested positive for coronavirus. (Photo by Alberto Lingria/Xinhua)
"Despite its huge popularity in many countries, racquetball is still new to Chinese people. It is a high-speed sport that needs long-term practise and systematic training," said Liu.
Meanwhile Barca loaned 20-year-old left back Joan Miranda to Betis, while Rafinha Alcantara was sold to Paris Saint Germain for a bargain three million euros and central defender Jean-Clair Todibo (who is not in Koeman's plans) was loaned to Benfica on a two-year deal.
Axel Witsel (R) of Dortmund vies with Baptiste Santamaria of Freiburg during a German Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and SC Freiburg in Dortmund, Germany, Oct. 3, 2020. (Photo by Joachim Bywaletz/Xinhua)
Luis Enrique has handed a first call up to Levante midfielder, Jose Campana, while recalling Dani Caballos (Arsenal) and Sergio Canales (Betis) to a 25-man squad.
Wuhan got rolling midway through the first quarter, going on a 9-0 run to move ahead and setting up a 23-12 advantage as the quarter time ran out.