TEHRAN, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Persepolis booked a place in the 2020 AFC Champions League final after beating Al Nassr of Saudi Arabia in a penalty shootout on Saturday.
Thomas will be a big loss for Atletico, but the club were able to compensate partly for his loss with Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira arriving on loan from Arsenal with an option to make the deal permanent at the end of the season for 20 million euros.
"I feel quite happy that we finally have games to play," said Inner Mongolia's center Li Yueru, who finished with 28 points and 14 rebounds in a 44-point rout of Hebei.
The Blanquirroja are aiming to qualify for their second consecutive World Cup, having ended a 36-year drought to earn a place at the 2018 tournament in Russia.
Also on Saturday, fifth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas earned a spot in the fourth round after his Slovenian opponent Aljaz Bedene retired from the match and hobbled off the court when trailed by 6-1, 6-2, 3-1.
Mohamed Salah scored twice for Liverpool, but that was scant consolation as Liverpool became the first reigning champion to concede seven goals since 1953.
With Cavani out, Uruguay will rely on Suarez to lead the attack, with the possible help of Girona's Cristian Stuani, Valencia's Maxi Gomez and Benfica forward Darwin Nunez.
"They played great and showed their value on the court, which led to our victory," Li said.
"All the time I kept myself in the back to attack when I needed to," said Kitata. "When I went, I tried to push the pace more than before. I went into the last lap to beat the others."
He will also miss the first four Champions League group matches in which Real Madrid line up against Inter Milan, Shakhtar Donetsk and Borussia Monchengladbach following Thursday's draw.
Although Liverpool's substitute goalkeeper Adrian was at fault for the opening goal, Villa picked holes time-after-time in the Liverpool back line and could have had an eighth when Watkins hit the bar in the last minute.