Clemens Wickler and Julius Thole from Germany are also the favorites for the EuroBeachVolley 2020 gold.
Dominic Dale, the world number 70, also reached Stage Two after topping his group with two wins and one draw.
Arsenal will host West Ham United in their second match of the 2020/21 Premier League on Saturday.
Wang Baoquan, who has led the Tianjin women's volleyball team to ten league titles in 17 years, will continue to lead his spikers in their first competition following their 3-0 triumph in the best-of-five finals of the Chinese women's volleyball league in January.
Also absent were midfielder Arthur Melo, who joined Juventus from Barcelona in July, Flamengo striker Gabriel Barbosa and Real Madrid left-back Marcelo. Sao Paulo's defender-turned-midfielder Dani Alves is unavailable because of a fractured forearm.
The deadlock was finally broken with eight minutes to go, when a corner was nodded onto the path of defender Khalilzadeh, who was well-positioned at the far post to control and finish into the bottom corner.
Hertha's new arrival remained in the thick of things as Cordoba scored his debut goal in his first match in the closing period.
Belgium's Ben Broeders finish second with a personal best of 5.80m and Ernest John Obiena of the Philippines also cleared 5.80m but had to finish third after a count-back. Enditem
LANZHOU, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- Rhythmic music rang across the basement at the No. 2 High School of Jingyuan County in Northwest China's Gansu province. It echoed out from an aerobics training class for the students.
In Group D, Al-Nassr FC of Saudi Arabia continued their charge towards the round of 16 with a 2-0 win over Iran's Sepahan thanks to a brace from Abderazzaq Hamdallah.
17-year-old Giovanni Reyna said the title is essential while managing director Michael Zorc is tracking Manchester City talent Jamie Bynoe-Gittens.