Philippe Coutinho also has a lot to prove after his loan spell at Bayern, while questions remain over what style of play Koeman will look to impose.
Shanghai is scheduled to meet Beijing Guoan in the next round on Friday, and will secure the top spot going into the second phase if it could remain undefeated. Shijiazhuang will fight against Chongqing Lifan on the same day.
The deadlock was broken in the 37th minute as Huanghai's Gao Xiang jumped high above the Teda defender to head in Yang Yu's unexpected cross.
Uruguay will meet Chile in Montevideo and Argentina face Ecuador in Buenos Aires in other opening day fixtures.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Six Flamengo players have tested positive for the coronavirus ahead of the Brazilian club's Copa Libertadores group match against Ecuador's Barcelona SC.
A few weeks ago, Union Berlin striker Sebastian Polter was suspended following a corona-based wage dispute.
The Short Track Speed Skating World Cup, to be held in December, will be the first test event for Beijing 2022. Enditem
South American football governing body CONMEBOL is understood to have ruled out the possibility of postponing the fixture. The entity's coronavirus protocols required clubs to register 50 players in their Copa Libertadores squads to help teams with several coronavirus cases.
Selby had smashed Ding 5-1 in the quarterfinal before defeating Murphy 6-3 to reach his 27th career ranking final.
Israel and the UAE agreed to formally normalize their relations in mid-August and signed a normalization agreement at the White House on September 15.
Also on Thursday, Shanghai surprised Tianjin with a straight-set win (27-25, 25-23, 25-22). Enditem