The Real Madrid star, who wore the captain's armband under the rotating leadership policy of manager Tite, said the team needed more time to gel following several changes to the starting eleven.
"We are well aware of the fans' expectation and will fight to make them happen," Skocic was quoted as saying.
Inner Mongolia and Shanxi were tied 11-11 at the start of the first quarter, but then Inner Mongolia went on a 15-7 run and built a 26-18 lead after Li Yuan hit a three-pointer before the end of the first quarter.
Colombia's victory was soured by a horrific ankle injury to right-back Santiago Arias. The 28-year-old was carried off on a stretcher while in acute pain after colliding with Darwin Marchis in an incident that left the Bayer Leverkusen player's left foot hanging at an unnatural angle.
CHENGDU, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- Wuhan is still searching for its first win after five rounds of the Women's Chinese Basketball Association (WCBA) campaign, following a 73-59 loss to Henan here on Tuesday.
Turkey responded well and created two chances in quick succession through Efecan Karaca and Yusuf Yazici in the 15th minute.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- Japan international midfielder Keisuke Honda scored his first goal in Brazil's Serie A championship to help Botafogo secure a 2-1 win at Sport Recife on Sunday.
THE HAGUE, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- Reigning world champion Sifan Hassan shrugged off cold and rainy conditions to break the women's 10,000-meter European record at the FBK After Summer Competition in Hengelo, the Netherlands, on Saturday.
"I would like to see one more in midfield or up front," Schweinsteiger stressed. Fans can't identify with their national team anymore, he added.
Ji was dubbed "Female Kobe" for her shooting posture and scoring ability similar to deceased American legend Kobe Bryant, who was killed in a helicopter crash in January.
Scaloni also spoke about the challenge of preparing for Argentina's qualifiers during the coronavirus pandemic and underlined the difficulty of South America's 18-round qualifying tournament.