In Group B, a late Hattan Bahebri strike helped Saudi Arabia's Al-Hilal defeat the ten men of Uzbekistan side Pakhtakor 2-1.
Both sides posed threats to the other, but no goals were scored in the first half. Chongqing once got a good chance to score in the stoppage time when Brazilian forward Fernandinho Silva was fouled by Cameroon midfielder Joseph Minala in the penalty area. After a VAR ruling, the referee finally canceled the penalty kick because of Fernandinho's handball.
"The cap is an achievement for the league, but it's far from perfect," said Zhang.
The hero of the night became the home team's Moldavian striker Ion Nicolaescu who tied the game five minutes before the end of regulation on his debut and then put Dunajska Streda ahead 4-3 six minutes into overtime with a quick and un-saveable shot from the edge of the box.
Permission to play depends on local infection figures. The so-called "7-day-incidence" must be below 35 infections per 100,000 inhabitants within a week.
"I'm very lucky to get through, I didn't play very well," Gilbert was quoted by the tournament's website.
The 31-year-old recently commented that he would like to return to the Premier League and said Madrid had blocked previous attempts to leave.
The Spanish team will now entertain the winner of the game between Locomotive Tbilisi and Dinamo Moskva next week in the penultimate qualifying round. Enditem
In the opening game, the Viola scored the winner in the 78th minute as Gaetano Castrovilli tapped in from Federico Chiesa's assist.
Hoffenheim dominated possession and produced more promising chances but Horn was on guard to deny Kramaric and Pavel Kaderabek in the 18th minute.
The others were Tottenham defender Juan Foyth, Manchester City center-back Nicolas Otamendi, Tottenham midfielder Giovani Lo Celso and Brighton midfielder Alexis Mac Allister.