Much of the pre-match talk has been about the role Martin Odegaard could play after the Norwegian's successful loan spell at Real Sociedad earned him a quick return to the Santiago Bernabeu.
"Mary is our key player and his goals tell everything," said Shenzhen coach Jordi Cruijff. "His problem is not clear and we have to wait. I hope he will back soon because we have more games in very short period."
Zhao's compatriots Lu Ning and Xu Si both competed in the other group on Thursday as David Gilbert edged them out with an advantage of the break.
Martinez's call-up came two days after he ended his 10-year spell at Arsenal to join rivals Aston Villa for a reported fee of 20 million euros (around 24 million US dollars).
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus beat American Venus Williams 7-6 (7), 6-2 in their first round match. Enditem
Although Qingdao Huanghai's Cordova Cleo converted a penalty with a low shot to the corner in the 31st minute, A Lan scored twice and helped Guoan turn the game around for the 2-1 victory.
"But we don't want it only to be a marketing measure but hope we can add quality to our squad," Jobst told Xinhua. "We want any future player to be a regular in our first team."
However, the return of Zinedine Zidane saw Marcelo return to favor and the signing of Ferland Mendy in 2019 saw Reguilon loaned to Sevilla (who are now coached by former Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui), where he played 38 times and scored three goals as Sevilla finished fourth in La Liga and won the Europa League for the sixth time in the club's history.
To be the first to win the national double a third consecuitive time in the league's history might be a driving thought for the titleholder.
In other fixtures on Saturday, Bragantino beat Ceara 4-2 and Fortaleza overcame Internacional 1-0. Enditem
Though affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the past CBA season was regarded as a remarkable one in the league's 25-year history.