"We played badly today, especially in the first quarter. We had many mistakes on the court, which was indescribable," rued Henan coach Li Jianxin. Enditem
Israel will play its next game in Slovakia on Wednesday while the Czech Republic will play way to Scotland. Enditem
"I don't want them to handle the ball at discretion. We can say 'it doesn't matter' after losing a game, but we cannot really take the defeat as nothing, as they can develop a habit of that. Even someday they get the chance of winning, they cannot show enough guts to win."
"However, in order to attract more to this sport, we arrange four players a team with a woman in each. The more people take part in, the better beach volleyball is popularized, and that's where the success of a sport lies in," said Liu.
Ji scored eight points in the first quarter, leading Daqing to a 6-0 run, but Tianjin managed a 15-14 lead after a defense-driven quarter.
In a race of unusual attrition by modern standards, five drivers failed to see the chequered flag. Following the early retirements of Russell and Bottas, Renault's Esteban Ocon, the Red Bull of Alex Albon and McLaren's Lando Norris all pulled off with mechanical trouble, with Norris' stricken car prompting the late deployment of the safety car.
"We've had a few difficult days and some players haven't been 100% but we're confident of a positive result," he said. "We have a clear way of playing and hopefully it will pay off."
"At the current stage, I put 70 percent in turning to a coach, with the remainder still playing on the court."
But it turned out to be enough for the visitors although the home team almost managed to force the game into overtime by cutting the 0-3 deficit to one in the final stretch.
The decision, which is aimed at cutting spending, was announced after Beijing 2022 organizers reached a consensus with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS).
"I was expecting another level of play, something else, but it's normal. We haven't played for a year," the six-time Ballon d'Or winner said. "It's the anxiety of the first game. The important thing is to keep growing as we have done since the  Copa America.