Osasuna got back to winning ways with a 2-0 win at home over Celta Vigo, thanks to a 23rd-minute goal from Facundo Roncaglia, who fired home from outside of the Celta penalty area, before crossing for Jonathan Calleri to head home the second for the Pamplona-based outfit 14 minutes from time.
Atletico Madrid at home to Villarreal is Saturday's most attractive game, with Luis Suarez likely to start in the Wanda Metropolitano as Atletico looks to improve on its flat showing away to Huesca in midweek.
In a newly-built racquetball court, Liu Shangying was coaching two college students on their first day of playing racquetball.
Elsewhere, Eintracht Frankfurt came from behind to beat Hoffenheim 2-1. Borussia Monchengladbach wrapped its first victory of the campaign after easing 3-1 past rival Cologne. Wasteful Bayer Leverkusen shared the spoils with newly-promoted Stuttgart following a 1-1 draw and Leonardo Bittencourt's sole goal of the match helped Werder Bremen to edge newcomer Armenia Bielefeld. Enditem
Mohamed Salah scored twice for Liverpool, but that was scant consolation as Liverpool became the first reigning champion to concede seven goals since 1953.
"I knew she was going to be aggressive. I knew that she's playing this way. Today it worked really well for her," Halep added. "At this level, nobody surprises anybody anymore because everyone has a big level and it depends on the day that you are."
Sichuan found its formidable game in the second quarter, responding with a 17-2 run and taking a 41-39 lead going into the second half.
"Gerhard is a bright coach, and we're very pleased to welcome him to the club," said the team's head of sport Kevin Thelwell. "Gerhard's playing style and experience in youth development align with our philosophy and above all, as a person he fits into our culture. We look forward to him getting here and working together to achieve the goals we have set as a club."
The Buenos Aires giants confirmed the move via a brief statement on social media, in which they wished Marcone "many successes in this new stage".
Argentina will host Ecuador at La Bombonera in Buenos Aires on October 8 before a clash with Bolivia in La Paz five days later.
The match will be Iran's first game at the national level under the leadership of Dragan Skocic.