"It means a lot. That's what we practice for. That's what we were trying to do in these five months off, working for this moment," Soares said.
"We look forward to working closely with them in the coming months as we prepare to return to Karen Country Club next year," said Cowen. Enditem
In the other matches of the day, Ruichang enjoyed a quick 5-0 win over Hunan, finishing the first stage with 13 wins and one loss, behind Qingdao on game difference.
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Seven-time Serie A champions Corinthians, meanwhile, are 15th with just two wins from nine matches so far.
Bremen took the reins from the starting whistle but had to wait until the 18th minute for their first opportunity when Theodor Gebre Selassie rattled the left post from five meters.
Elsewhere, Relentless Borussia Monchengladbach whitewashed lower league side FC Oberneuland 8-0. Cologne crushed VSG Altglienicke 6-0 while Augsburg showed no mercy following a 7-0 victory over Eintracht Celle, and Wolfsburg moved past Union Furstenwalde 4-1. Enditem
It was the first match weekend in the Dutch top-flight league since last season was cancelled at the beginning of March this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
"We have extraordinary challenges ahead of us this season, and it will be a pleasure and an honour to face them alongside my new teammates, who are among the best players in the world," he added.
In a tight mixed doubles battle, Zheng Siwei/Huang Dongping rallied from one set down to overcome Feng Yanzhe/Huang Yaqiong 12-14, 15-14, 11-5, 11-8, helping Qingdao seal the victory.
"From the perspective of a 90-minute game, it is reasonable for Guoan to seal the victory. I still want to praise all the team members because they showed high morale on the pitch," said Teda head coach Wang Baoshan.