Also on Thursday, Shandong dominated from start to end en route to a 101-51 rout of Daqing. Enditem
Yan Yuxiang from Shandong took first place in the men's 200m butterfly in 2:00.18, with Tianjin's Wu Guangshuai and Hunan's Wang Kecheng rounding out the top three.
Manuel Neuer tried to play down the unrest by saying: "We know what we are facing this season. We shouldn't speak about our tiredness but accept it."
A winless run of 18 games from the end of last season seems to endanger the club's future more than ever before if the right steps aren't made now.
BERLIN, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- FC Schalke 04 have appointed Manuel Baum as their new head coach, the Royal Blues confirmed via the club's official homepage on Wednesday.
"We accomplished our goal in the first stage. It is a good result to rank first. We will have a good rest to face the second stage," said Shanghai goalkeeper Chen Wei after the game. Enditem
Julen Lopetegui's side who were slightly unlucky to lose to Bayern Munich in the European Supercup in midweek, fell behind to Salvi Sanchez's opener for the recently promoted side, but hit back strongly in the last 25 minutes to take all three points thanks to goals from Luuk de Jong, Munir and Ivan Rakitic (another player to leave Barca this summer).
The recent failure is nursing doubts about the club's strategy to gain sufficient success by signing talents using Dortmund as an intermediate station on their way to one of the continent's leading sides.
While Baum is regarded as a pragmatic coach, Schalke has made a brilliant move by installing Naldo. It will please its demanding fans.
Shandong's Ji Xinjie, who won the title in the men's 400m freestyle on Sunday, secured his second gold medal in the men's 200m freestyle in 1:47.42 on Monday.
Serge Gnabry (L) of Munich reacts during a German Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Munich and TSG Hoffenheim in Hoffenheim, Germany, Sept. 27, 2020. (Xinhua)