Although Liverpool's substitute goalkeeper Adrian was at fault for the opening goal, Villa picked holes time-after-time in the Liverpool back line and could have had an eighth when Watkins hit the bar in the last minute.
"They are a strong team. Our young players seemed to be a bit afraid of that in the first half, while making some adjustments after the break," Tianjin coach Liu Hao commented, also hoping that his side can progress and improve after the loss. Enditem
Loew had criticized the additional friendlies this year, as they are downsizing his time window for training sessions. Additional training is of more value for a team in a transition process than test-matches Loew stated.
"As a young team, playing against such a strong team as Xinjiang, we can learn and improve a lot," Li said after the match.
As opposed to early sluggishness last game, Xinjiang heated up quickly into the game with a 10-0 surge on Shanghai's consecutive turnovers, before Bao Meng's jumper snapped Shanghai's scoring drought over six minutes. Xinjiang set up a 10-point cushion as the first quarter ran out.
"This was to say the least, one of my most difficult races. The altitude took a toll on me and it simply took away my breath. I just can't remember much of the race. I am happy to win in such conditions in my personal best time. I just say it was a solid performance and I am happy to wrap up my season with a win. I will take two weeks break before starting my winter preparations," said Awuah.
Next up for Kvitova is Germany's Laura Segemund, who dispatched Spaniard Paula Badosa 7-5, 6-2 to advance. Enditem
Ben Chilwell's Chelsea debut could hardly have gone better as he scored the first goal of the game on 50 minutes before giving an assist for Kurt Zouma to score Chelsea's second of their 4-0 win at home to Crystal Palace 16 minutes later.
"I'm very happy. It was a great match, I didn't make any mistakes. Casper is a really great player, very attractive to play, I think there were many good rallies, it was a good match from both of us," said the newly-crowned US open champion.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin's 16th minute header put Everton ahead only for Jordan Pickford's error to gift Neal Maupay a 41st minute equalizer.
A second-quarter surge helped Xinjiang take over down the stretch over Wuhan. Although falling behind 23-21 early, they forged a 38-25 advantage entering the second half, including six points from Wang Lili.