After the restart, Esteghlal were quick to cement their place in the Round of 16 with a third goal, as Karimi supplied a chipped cross from the edge of the penalty area for Cheick Diabate, who guided his header past Al Owais to make it 3-0.
"But I don't think we played confidently enough in today and yesterday's matches. I think we can do better as the championship moves on," Zhang added.
The Barcelona-based sports press report than Barca are closing in on a deal to sign Ajax's 19-year defender Sergino Dest and are also interested in Norwich City's Max Adams as replacements.
"I am shocked and saddened to learn of the death of eight young sons of our great football family who died following a car accident on Saturday. I hasten to extend to you, on behalf of all members of the CAF Executive Committee, the sincerest condolences and I wish a speedy recovery to the injured," he said.
"As hard as it was to come to this conclusion, I have so much to look forward to in 2021, including the Olympics. I want to use this time to focus on my game so I can come back stronger and better than ever.
"Both players and staff are disappointed not to be able to get back on the field," US coach Gregg Berhalter said. "While COVID-19 continues to create challenges for us, we are confident we can find a way forward in the near future that will provide an opportunity to play matches in preparation for the important competitions next year."
BERLIN, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Wolfsburg and Bayer Leverkusen started their seasons with a goalless draw after sharing the spoils in the final game of the first round of the Bundesliga on Sunday.
"We have to agree with the goalless draw as the match was evenly balanced. We have some room for improvement, but I am sure that we are going to score many goals soon," Leverkusen goalkeeper Hradecky said. Enditem
Later on Wednesday, Jiangsu also defeated Yunnan 3-0 (25-8, 25-18, 25-20). However, their victory was not easy.
SUZHOU, China, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- Hebei China Fortune beat Tianjin Teda 1-0 in the 12th round of the Chinese Super League (CSL) here on Tuesday.
Eibar has started the campaign with two defeats, while Athletic Bilbao lost in Granada on the opening day of the season. However, with fans unhappy at Athletic's disappointing end to last campaign, question marks over coach Gaizka Garitano's defensive instincts and a lack of goals in attack, a defeat in the Ipurua Stadium would only increase the discontent surrounding a club that has so far failed to make any summer signings. Enditem