However, Alfaro, who took charge last month after the resignation of Jordi Cruyff, refuses to accept that Ecuador will be outsiders to secure a berth in the next edition of football's showpiece tournament.
In the other two matches of the day, Hunan Hualai survived an intense battle to overcome Xiamen Tefang 3-2, while Jiangsu Weikeduo lost to Zhejiang Nengyuan 4-1, and remain at the bottom with no wins. Enditem
Over 260 contestants from six Chinese teams participated in six competitions, including the tank biathlon. Enditem
Yates was dropped on the final climb of the 153km from Pau to Laruns, which was the second day that the race took place in the Pyrenees.
"My team has adapted to the training system of the South Korean style. Although the preparation period of the season has been greatly prolonged due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all the players have shown very positive attitudes in these months," the South Korean said.
The Austrian will now challenge 2014 champion Marin Cilic of Croatia in the third round. Thiem has a 2-0 lead in their head-to-head series.
The women's one-hour race saw a close battle between Hassan and Kenya's world marathon record-holder Brigid Kosgei. The duo stayed well ahead of the world record pace as they exchanged the lead several times but neither managed to break clear.
The two friendlies will be played within the perspective for the resumption of the AFCON 2021 qualifiers to be staged in 2022 in Cameroon.
Cheptegei is already the 2019 men's 10,000 world champion and world cross country champion.
"This includes implementing a bubble system to create a safe badminton ecosystem for all involved," it added. Enditem
Zhang Weiwei, last year’s China LPGA Tour Order of Merit winner, shot a tournament low six-under 66 to finish one stroke back at the RMB500,000 event that was played without spectators. Zhang Yunjie, who led the tournament through 15 holes, was third at two shots off the pace following a 70. Liu Yan (69) was fourth, a shot further back.