Among the newcomers are Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz and Atletico Madrid left-back Renan Lodi, both of whom belied their lack of international experience with assured performances at Corinthians Arena.
But as her career approached a curtain down, Ji has a mixed feeling towards it.
Zhang, a football coach of teenagers in a local sports school, once helped gain fourth place with his team in the 2019 national beach football contest held by the Chinese Football Association. This time, his group beat their opponents 4-1 with a good start on the first day of the 2020 Ningxia desert sports contest.
"The important thing is that we won, which was our aim and what we were training for," the 22-year-old said.
Peng Huaqian's three-pointer whittled away Fujian's lead to two points with 26 seconds on the clock. Fujian guard Wei Yu-chun converted one of two free throws on the ensuing possession, but Deng Ruijie had a layup blocked by Wang Qiuyi, thus ruining Wuhan's chance of a comeback.
This year's race, which was originally expected to attract 38,000 runners, saw the cancelation of general public entries due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Around 200 elite runners and wheelchair racers took part in the competition held on March 1.
Neymar's possible withdrawal from Friday's fixture at Corinthians Arena would likely provide a starting opportunity for Benfica forward Everton Soares.
Inspired by Shao Ting and Zhang Wanglai, Sichuan rode on a 17-0 run midway through the first quarter to set the tone en route to an overwhelming victory.
The 28-year-old, who endured a difficult 18 months at Barcelona before being farmed out to the Bundesliga club in July 2019, has rediscovered his confidence since returning to the Camp Nou last month, shining in a central attacking midfield role behind Lionel Messi.
"It was good to decompress the situation a little bit and send strength to all Argentines."
"I feel quite excited! It's much more difficult to move on the soft sand than on a football pitch, but I feel more relaxed and I can run freely with bare feet, to enjoy the different charm of sports," said the 33-year old.