Wolfsburg thought they had opened the scoring at the hour mark but Admir Mehmedi's goal was ruled offside. Meanwhile, Leverkusen tested Wolfsburg goalkeeper Koen Casteels through Moussa Diaby, who unleashed a shot from nine meters in the 64th minute.
Five minutes later, Zhu Jianrong nearly contributed another goal for Huanghai in his one-on-one with Teda's goalkeeper. But his volley from small angle missed the target.
Wuhan posted more threats than Chongqing in the second half, but they didn't take their scoring opportunities. What's worse for Wuhan, French midfielder Eddy Gnahore was sent off in the 76th minute after he received a second yellow card for his foul on right-back Jiang Zhe.
Knowing that a two-goal margin win would secure their place in the Round of 16 alongside Al Ahli and ahead of Al Shorta, Esteghlal pressed hard from the outset and opened the scoring in the 29th minute when Mehdi Ghaedi, assisted by Farshid Esmaeili on the edge of the box, drilled a powerful drive that nestled into the bottom corner despite Al Owais' best efforts to save the shot.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino, in a letter to the FA here Tuesday obtained by Xinhua, underlined his support for the footballers who lost their lives and the injured in the tragic accident.
Lokomotiv also have the advantage that the season in Georgia is more advanced than in Spain and they currently lie in fifth position in their domestic league with four wins, four draws and three defeats from 11 matches.
In the women's singles, Serena Williams is eyeing her 24th major to equal Margaret Court's long-standing record. She will encounter with fellow American Kristie Ahn, whom she also played with in the US Open first round earlier this month.
More than 250 athletes descended on the Romanian city for two days of action. Mardare, the bronze medallist at the 2016 Balkan Championships, achieved an impressive 82.78m with his second attempt.
"For now, I think we can say that the big news will be the return of James to his place in football, playing and competing regularly, and the recovery and return of our captain Falcao," Queiroz said in an interview released by the Colombian Football Federation (FCF).
"Petr was important in that because goalkeeper is a very particular position. Petr Cech was the best in the world in that position for a long time, so he's obviously had a big say in this situation," explained Lampard of the former keeper, who in 2004 also joined Chelsea from Rennes.
Despite a positive start, Wolfsburg failed to build on their momentum and focused on long-range efforts, which posed no threat for Desna goalkeeper Yehven Past in the remainder of the first half.