But on September 4, the striker published a video message confirming that he would remain at the club for the 2020-21 season to see out the remaining year of his contract.
Meanwhile, Spain lacked in penetration and failed to pose danger in front of Germany's goal.
In the women's singles, fourth seed Osaka survived a ding-dong battle against Kostyuk to emerge victorious 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-2 after two hours and 33 minutes.
Chen Pu (R) of Shijiazhuang Ever Bright celebrates with his teammate Matheus Nascimento after scoring a goal during the 9th round match between Qingdao Huanghai and Shijiazhuang Ever Bright at the postponed 2020 season Chinese Football Association Super League (CSL) Suzhou Division in Suzhou, east China's Jiangsu Province, Sept. 5, 2020. (Xinhua/Yang Lei)
The 33-year-old confirmed his U-turn in an interview with Goal.com, which comes 11 days after he rocked the footballing world by informing Barcelona that he wanted to leave the club he first joined 20 years ago.
YINCHUAN, Sep. 6 (Xinhua) -- "Cycling 600 kilometers in 6 days! A wonderful trip to Qinghai Lake!" On 75-year-old Gu Dawo's WeChat Moments, this latest post has earned more than 100 likes. "It's not only an experience but also a challenge for me to complete the riding tour," Gu said of his first long ride on highlands over 3,000 meters above sea level.
Joining them on the list are Japanese Harimoto Tomokazu and Niwa Koki, and Timo Boll from Germany.
The German national record holder's effort is the second farthest throw of all time, just 72 centimeters behind Jan Zelezny's 98.48m world record set 24 years ago.
Stephens went up a double break to carve out a 5-2 lead and served out the opening set in just 38 minutes. But Williams began to raise her game and served much better in the second set, lifting her first-serve percentage from 50 to 76 percent. By breaking twice, Williams won the second set to level the match.
The other match on Friday saw Shenzhen Jiazhaoye held Shanghai Shenhua to a 0-0 draw.
Last week, fellow former international and KCB Rugby Football Club head coach Dennis Mwanja was heavily tipped to succeed Feeney after it was reported that the majority of the KRU Board had settled on the man who led his side to the domestic title.