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.
"We tightened up defense on their three-pointers from the second quarter, also improving our offense down the stretch," Henan coach Li Jianxin reflected.
The Slovaks were inches away from taking the lead in the 75th minute when Dalian Yifang midfielder Marek Hamsik sent a great pass to Lukas Haraslin who beat Randolph but was denied by Ireland captain Shane Duffy.
The inexperienced coach had to compensate that by squeezing every minute.
After a goalless first period, the flood gates opened wide in the second in which Poprad scored five times.
"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.
"What my family wanted was to see me happy. There are things that are not known, but at Barcelona they send you away to train separately... My wife was the one who saw that I was down and let me take the opportunity. When Atletico came looking for me, I didn't hesitate for a moment."
"Now I value my health a lot more, because it is horrible being stopped for so long and you really suffer," explained the 24-year-old, who is now looking forward to the new campaign.
Arguably the player most fans will want to see is Barcelona's 18-year-old forward Ansu Fati, who was rested in midweek. Ansu will partner either Rodrigo Moreno or Gerard Moreno, and Luis Enrique will have to decide whether he gives Traore a chance in his starting 11 or continues with Olmo.
TEHRAN, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Friday dismissed the complaint by Saudi Arabia's Al Nassr soccer team against Iran's Persepolis after the semi-final match of the AFC Champions League.
"He has started treatment and physiotherapy. The next 24 hours will be important to see how his recovery will be. We'll evaluate him again before training [on Thursday] and we'll have a better idea then."