Mendilibar lost several key players, such as Fabio Orellana, Charles and Escalante over the summer, while Ivan Ramis retired, and so far adequate replacements haven't arrived leaving the squad weaker than the one which struggled last season.
Three minutes after Changchun was shown a red card in the second half, Sichuan steered a header into the net against the 10-men team. However, from the 65th minute, Gao Di, Tan Long, and Li Guangwen shot three consecutive goals for Changchun in nine minutes to overturn the situation.
Olimpia must defeat Delfin at home and rely on other results going their way to have any chance of progressing to the knockout phase.
Fernando doubled his tally with an unstoppable volley in the 74th minute. In stoppage time, Ba Dun finished his first goal in CSL this season and made it a 4-0 victory against Shijiazhuang.
Despite losing a place to Bottas at the start, Verstappen was happy to finish second. "To be able to split the Mercedes cars, we can be pleased with that. I was just trying to do my own race. I'm very happy with second after two (retirements)."
"I am very happy," Nadal said in French at the Court Philippe-Chatrier after the triumph, "It will be another difficult match against Travaglia or Nishikori. I hope to play a good level. It's always special to play here in Paris, especially here on Court Philippe-Chatrier, so I'm very happy to play another time."
Pironkova, 33, who returned to the Tour at the US Open after three years' absense and made an impressive run to the quarterfinals, received a walkover to the third round in Paris.
One player who is likely to miss out however, is striker Luka Jovic. The Serb was given a chance to show what he can do at the weekend, but produced another disappointing display (although he did provoke a red card for Betis defender Emerson). Everything points to Jovic being loaned out before the end of the season with Borja Mayoral remaining as backup to Karim Benzema.
Kotani, who became the first female flag bearer for the Japanese delegation at the Summer Olympic Games in 1988, was an ambassador of Tokyo's bidding team to host the 2020 games. Enditem
First, the Brazil international forward thumped in a close-range effort after Giorgian de Arrascaeta's attempt was parried clear by Jorge Pinos. Then, he ran onto Arrascaeta's superb one-touch pass and rounded Pinos before calmly caressing a shot into an empty net from the edge of the penalty area.
ASUNCION, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- Santos rallied from a goal down to win 3-2 at Olimpia and secure a berth in the Copa Libertadores knockout phase on Thursday.