Villarreal are expected to do well this season after signing Unai Emery as coach, but fell behind to a second minute goal from former Girona defender Pablo Maffeo and it was not until Gerard Moreno's 68th minute penalty that the home side drew level in a 1-1 draw.
He has also been capped 36 times for the Italian national team.
Higuain is a free agent after he and Italian giants Juventus mutually agreed to terminate his contract a year ahead of its expiry.
With the draw, Luneng and Shenhua remain third and fourth ranked at the table with 17 and 13 points respectively.
In his opening speech, WTT Council Chair Liu Guoliang, who is also president of the Chinese Table Tennis Association, said, "With World Table Tennis, we are working towards the next step: to create a new table tennis landscape and make it one of the world's largest sports properties. This has always been my dream."
In the penalty shootout, Hoffenheim's goalkeeper Baumann saved two penalties while Bickel missed the target from the spot, allowing Hoffenheim to advance into the second round.
A PP Sports source told Xinhua they paid 50 percent of the negotiated fees at the initial stage of the three-year circle.
THE HAGUE, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- The first round of the 2020-21 Eredivisie season saw 10-man Ajax beat Sparta 1-0 in Rotterdam on Sunday, while Arjen Robben left the pitch injured in his comeback to football for FC Groningen.
Despite Hoeness's threats, Bayern seem stuck in a tricky situation as both Alaba and Thiago might cause new unrest over the upcoming season. On the other hand, the Bavarian's need to organize a well-oiled squad and gain income to sign new faces.
The hosts remained unimpressed and flabbergasted Hoffenheim with the equalizer at the hour mark when Kevin Freiberger controlled a pinpoint cross from Paul Milde to beat Baumann with a turn and shoot from 10 meters.
The bamboo shape means "getting higher and higher." The cover button is taken from the traditional Chinese wishful shape, wishing the Beijing Winter Olympics a resounding success.