Zhengzhou, in Henan province, will again host the final ITTF event of the year after 2019, as the 2020 ITTF Finals will return to the Zhengzhou Olympic Sports Center from November 19 to 22.
The Rams, as the champions of the previous three seasons are nicknamed, started off well and dominated 4-1 after the first half of the game, led by the Canadian forward Matthew Mistele's two goals, but the visitors from Michalovce produced a miraculous comeback by scoring four in a row.
The arrival of the national quartet of Li, Yang Liwei, Huang Sijing and Li Yuan meant Inner Mongolia, playing in the WCBA for the second year, emerged as a rising powerhouse.
Jorginho scored two penalties in the 78th and 82nd minutes to assure a comfortable win in the best performance by Frank Lampard's side this season.
The remaining matches in the eastern half of the draw are scheduled to be played in a centralized venue from November 18 to December 13. Enditem
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.
"We aimed at testing the team, as the two sides have a big gap. Our players executed our tactics in transition, but we made too many mistakes," rued Hebei coach Ma Tao.
Lenglet's suspension means he misses the game against his former club and highlights the lack of options at the back, where youngster Ronald Araujo is the only alternative to partner Gerard Pique in the heart of the Barca back four.
"We played a bit tight at the start as it was our first game, but we never gave up, and finally won the game," Li said.
The defending champions, who had lost their first two games of the new season, have now bounced back with four consecutive wins to move up to second place.
"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.