Shanghai's hope of leveling the game was shattered as Barbra Banda's shot in the 87th minute hit the woodwork and bounced off.
"I think we both played really well and a really great match. She played unbelievably good, considering she is so young, she has a very bright future," Zhang commented on her opponent.
Al Nassr broke the deadlock with a penalty in the 35th minute before Abdi Mehdi Qara leveled for Persepolis just six minutes later.
"Players executed well even though we pulled away. I'm satisfied with their fighting spirit. But we have to improve on some details on both ends," Beijing coach Zhang Yunsong explained.
Next up for Halep is another 19-year-old youngster, Iga Swiatek of Poland, whom Halep defeated in the round of 16 here last year.
THE HAGUE, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- Reigning Dutch champion, Ajax, suffered its first defeat of the 2020-21 season on Sunday against FC Groningen, while Feyenoord and PSV both booked wins.
Baum's attempt to create stability through an entirely defensive approach against Leipzig failed, and the Schalke coach has promised to develop a new strategy for the upcoming games. Enditem
The South American zone's 2022 World Cup qualifiers had been scheduled to begin in late March but were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile Alaves has managed just one draw and suffered three defeats under new coach Pablo Machin, whose three-man defense has so far failed to work. The club from Vitoria is not known for being patient with its coaches and the fact it is the club's centenary season only adds to the pressure. The coach that loses this game on Sunday could lose more than three points. Enditem
"The COVID-19 pandemic is resurging in a few countries and regions, who tightened their control measures. Postponement or cancelation of events can safeguard the health of athletes and all other participants," Beijing 2022 organizers said in a statement on the official website.
Bolivia will field a depleted team for the matches in Sao Paulo on October 9 and La Paz four days later amid a series of controversies affecting the national football scene.