Wolfsburg thought they had opened the scoring at the hour mark but Admir Mehmedi's goal was ruled offside. Meanwhile, Leverkusen tested Wolfsburg goalkeeper Koen Casteels through Moussa Diaby, who unleashed a shot from nine meters in the 64th minute.
Forward Deng Ziming had injected new energy for Shijiazhuang in the second half. Goalkeeper Deng Xiaofei was sent off in the 46th minute after receiving a second yellow card, and Zambian defender Stoppila Sunzu converted the penalty kick for Shijiazhuang to pull one back.
Napoli also got their new season off to a good start as the Coppa Italia holder dominated Parma 2-0 with Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne on target.
Also on Thursday, Shanghai surprised Tianjin with a straight-set win (27-25, 25-23, 25-22). Enditem
The 24-year-old striker has put to pen to paper on a five-year deal which binds him to the "Bulls" until June 2025.
ROME, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss the third qualifying round of Europa League after the Swede tested positive for COVID-19, AC Milan confirmed on Thursday.
Andre Silva (3rd L) of Frankfurt takes a scoring penalty kick during a German Bundesliga match between Hertha BSC and Eintracht Frankfurt in Berlin, capital of Germany, Sept. 25, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Voigt/Xinhua)
Tosic scored for Taizhou in the injury time.
Meanwhile, Sport Recife continued their impressive recent form with a 1-0 home victory over Fluminense. Former Flamengo striker Hernane scored from the penalty spot after Leandro Barcia was brought down by Egidio Pereira.
The road so far has been far from easy, especially given the difficulties created by the global COVID-19 pandemic, which "brought an extra load and challenges" for the organizers, who spared no effort delivering on their promise of a 'green, inclusive, open and clean' Games.
Players such as new arrival Gonzalo Paciencia are trying to spread optimism and are counting on football's unwritten laws.