"I was not aware of how I fitted into the new position," she admitted. "It was only two months away from the league's kick-off. I had to train myself, and layout tactics for players at the same time."
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.
Spain's Ansu Fati (L) vies with Switzerland's Nico Elvedi during the UEFA Nations League football group match between Spain and Switzerland in Madrid, Spain, Oct. 10, 2020. (Photo by Edward F. Peters/Xinhua)
Veteran playmaker Thiago Neves pulled a goal back for the hosts by nodding home after a Luciano Batista cross.
A participant takes part in the Water Sports Festival in the Dal Lake in Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir, Oct. 9, 2020. (Xinhua/Javed Dar)
Israel scored in the 56th minute with an impressive shot by PSV Eindhoven's striker Eran Zahavi.
The world No.53, who is also in the doubles semifinals along with Nicole Melichar, had lost just 23 games in her six matches prior to the final showdown.
"We are not a strong side. After playing such an intense game, we can improve in mentality and carrying out tactics," Wuhan coach Li Xin commented.
"I want to win every game, but it goes down to your strength. I told players that I always want to win, but the win is not just about winning the game. It can be a win on a certain aspect such as rebounds or turnovers," she noted.
Kosice and Nove Zamky are still waiting for their rosters to receive the green light by the health institution but a new team, Michalovce, has been benched for two rounds due to a coronavirus occurrence after playing the initial two rounds of Tipos Extraliga.
Liu's demonstration video spread to local TV stations and outdoor screens, which brought her incredible joy.