"I don't like to individualize," the 67-year-old said. "Today that was the [strikeforce] we chose, tomorrow it may be another. They have to work for the team, just as they all worked for the team. I want the whole team to have that mentality because it's the only way to win."
Liu Jiacen pocketed a game-high 29 points and 10 rebounds. Cao Junwei led Shandong in points (26), rebounds (5), and assists (4).
Scotland is leading Group 2 of League B with seven points, the Czechs have six in second place, Israel has two in third.
"We regret that such a decision was made, because we have to return to the competition as soon as possible, and the federations managing other sports disciplines show us that it can be done. We will do everything to prevent this lack of competing in the World Cup. All healthy speed skaters will continue training in Poland in the coming days," Niedzwiedzki was quoted as saying by the Polish Press Agency on Friday.
After a goalless 120 minutes, Rodak became the hero of the match when he saved Alan Browne's penalty, and when teammate Matt Doherty hit the crossbar Slovakia were through.
In the fourth round of the European nations' competition, Slovakia will host Israel on Wednesday and the group-leader Scotland will face the Czech Republic in a battle for the first place.
For the potential runners who can't arrive in Xi'an city due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organizing committee of the event set online competition in the edition Xi'an marathon.
The Tipos Extraliga, like many competitions around the world, has been severely affected by Covid-19. DVTK Jegesmedvek Miskolc, the only Hungarian team playing in the Slovak premiership, announced that all of its players tested negative again and after two missed rounds entered the new season with a solid performance on home ice against the struggling title-contender Slovan Bratislava.
Spain took the lead thanks to its efforts to pin the Swiss back when Granit Xhaka slipped as Yann Sommer tried a short pass out from goal. Mikel Merino collected the ball and fed his Real Sociedad teammate Oyarzabal to beat Sommer on the turn in the 13th minute.
"Coutinho playing inside [left] was a modification," Tite said. "Firmino today was not the Firmino that plays for Liverpool. He was playing on the last line without trying to be involved all the time. That put him in a position to take his opportunities when they came. He scored two goals and could have had two more. It shows that we have players that can adapt depending on the situation." Enditem
"I wanted to play this match as if it was the first round. I didn't want to think it was a semifinal because it would have stressed me out."