The new season is said to be Lucien Favre's last chance to turn things around after the side failed to overtake their high-spending Bavarian rivals in the past two years.
The battle for the second place remained tight until the final kilometers, as Rio Olympic Games runner-up Cai, representing Team Yunnan, held off a strong challenge from London Olympic champion Chen to finish second in 1:22:03. The 28-year-old Chen of Guangdong trailed nine seconds further behind to take the third place.
"I don't think David is demanding to stand above those two," the 43-year-old said.
Fans can't wait for Erling Haaland, Jude Bellingham, Jadon Sancho, Real loanee Reinier, Giovanni Reyna and wonderboy Youssoufa Moukoko to get the engine running at full speed.
As the COVID-19 pandemic brought all sports events to a grinding halt early in the year, many sports lovers, including aerobics enthusiasts were confined to their homes or their local communities.
"This year is a special year. Playing with the Beijing Ducks for one year, I will never forget that I see these supporters every day, which makes me so touched. Thank you all. I love you," Lin noted.
Al-Taawoun lost its last match to Iran's Persepolis 1-0 on Tuesday, but is still atop of Group C with six points from three matches.
"I used to fail in the final shot, this time I was the one who turned the tide," Liu said with a smile.
The biggest hit of the day was the men's 100m. Asian 200m record holder Xie Zhenye claimed the title with 10.31 seconds in his hometown. It was not an easy win since Zhang Ruixuan and Chen Guanfeng finished 10.34s and 10.36s respectively, and Xie's lane was laid just between them.
Top women's seed Simona Halep made a winning return a month after winning in Prague as she disposed of 99th-ranked Italian Jasmine Paolini 6-3, 6-4.
The 32-year-old Sawe, who scaled 2.21 meters on his way to become the first Kenyan to win gold at the African Championships in 2016 in Durban, South Africa and also entering the history books as the first country's high jumper to compete at the Olympic Games in Rio 2016 said on Thursday he expects the top high jumper to grace the one-day meet on his home soil.