"I am really grateful to Luis Enrique and all of the staff and the doctors, who have helped me. I was looking forward to thanking them on the pitch," added Adama, who said Luis Enrique, the head coach of the Spain's national team, asked him to always give everything and show the qualities.
"The Asian Cup is the top football event in Asia. Its great influence can cultivate youth interest in football and expand youth football population in China," he said. "In next phase, the organizing committee will create opportunities for more young people to have close contact with the tournament in all host cities through various channels and activities."
On the Shanghai side, Zhou Yuyan had 11 points, and Han Xu bagged 10.
The former Sao Paulo and Porto player praised his teammates for respecting their unfancied opponents.
"I am taking it year by year and we have just started a new season: I hope I can last a long time in the national team," he commented.
"I had already won a medal in Rio, so I am not going to be under pressure in Tokyo."
"I could not just rest on the plane as my players did, but distributed some time to analyze opponents' tactics. I was so tired then," Ji recalled.
Slovan Bratislava, one of the top title-contenders, was also close to losing its third in succession but managed to edge out Miskolc in OT to earn the first points of the season.
Malian captain Hamari Traore secured the opening goal in the third minute while El Bilal Traore and Haidara Amadou also scored in the 49th and 75th minutes respectively to secure a convincing win for the Eagles.
The inexperienced coach had to compensate that by squeezing every minute.
Scaloni said Messi's role with the national team would not change, rejecting speculation he might be used in a deeper position to ease the physical demands on his 33-year-old legs.