"Since the end of last season I've been feeling more comfortable and scoring more goals," Falcao said. "Hopefully I can carry that form with me to the national team. Our main objective is to qualify for the World Cup and I'm as motivated as ever to help the team achieve that."
The home team's American goalie Tomas Sholl had his hands full, making a solid 39 saves during Nitra's offensive pressure (the first goal was scored just 36 seconds into the game), letting only three pucks slide past his back.
After Gong Li's 3-pointer, Jiangsu capped the second period with a 12-0 spurt to go 46-38 ahead at the break.
The third quarter was contested in a balanced fashion as both sides traded buckets. Xing and Yu combined for four 3-pointers to push Shanxi ahead 64-60 before the final 10 minutes.
"You have to be self-disciplined and work hard. Nobody can succeed through an easy path," Ji said.
Cao's contribution in scoring went on, while Luan Luan also stepped up to widen the gap to 12 points midway through the second quarter.
Du, who is also deputy minister of China's State General Administration of Sport, noted that the goal of the tournament is to promote the development of youth football in China.
"First of all, we want to spread positive energy and fresh spirit to the players. Then, we will inform them about our expectations," he added.
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.
PARIS, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- No.7 seed Petra Kvitova moved through to the semifinals at Roland Garros for the first time since 2012 thanks to a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Laura Siegemund in 78 minutes.
Uruguay will host Chile on Thursday and then go on to play in Ecuador on October 13. Enditem