The side from Pamplona produced a disciplined display and took the points with a 10th minute goal from Adrian Lopez and a 79th minute goal from Ruben Suarez.
"Asia and Taylor played a great match," Melichar continued. "We've known each other for so many years, played against each other so many times."
However, Molders remained in the thick of things and headed onto the crossbar moments later.
Messi last week said he'd stay, but made it clear he was unhappy with both club President, Jose Maria Bartomeu, and the failure to develop a balanced squad and he could be an awkward dressing room presence for the new coach.
"Icardi, Marquinhos and Mbappe are absentees. All the others are in the squad," Tuchel said in a pre-match conference on Saturday before the challenge against last year's Ligue 1 runners-up.
Athletic's pre-season has been hampered by six players testing positive for COVID-19 and injuries to others such as Yuri Berchiche, Inigo Martinez and Mikel Vesga and coach Gaizka Garitano could give minutes to impressive youngsters Unai Vencedor and Jon Morcilla, while COVID-19 also deprives Granada of veteran signing Jorge Molina.
After the Sunday's game, Suning sit second with 19 points, while R&F rank third to the bottom with 11. Enditem
"Neymar told me that it was a racist insult. I didn't hear anything on the field," PSG coach Thomas Tuchel said. "Racism in life, in all domains, in sport, should not exist."
VILNIUS, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- The two-day Vilnius Marathon 2020 ended on Sunday, gathering over 6,500 runners around the world.
"'Smart Games' will be a golden name-card for Hangzhou 2022, and we are committed to staging a sport and cultural extravaganza that is successful, excellent, satisfying and unforgettable," said Chen Weiqiang, deputy secretary-general of the HAGOC and vice mayor of Hangzhou.
Elsewhere, Mainz survived a scare against fourth division club Havelse and booked their berth for the next round.