Guoan went ahead before the interval as Cedric Bakambu headed home a cross from Augusto. Substitute Alan Douglas scored in the 88th minute to extended Guoan's lead to 3-1, but Hebei's Zhang Chengdong sparked the game into suspense with a powerful shot in the second minute of stoppage.
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Although short of his world-leading 71.37m set in August, the result was enough for him to edge Andrius Gudzius of Lithuania (68.22m), who had ended Stahl's unbeaten run in Berlin, and set a new meeting record.
The 29-year-old midfielder joined the Reds with a reported fee of 20 million pounds (about 25.8 million US dollars) for four years to become the club's second signing of the summer transfer window, following Kostas Tsimikas in August.
"He's an important leader for the team and a big part of what we're building. He wants to be up there with the best players in the world and leave his mark. He can achieve that here," said Arteta.
The match ended 1-1 at full-time, and both sides had opportunities to win in a penalty shoot-out but Qian Jiegei hit the bar while R&F scored all five to seal the win.
Xinjiang's chances to equalized were seriously diminished in the 38th minute when their goalkeeper Gu Junjie was sent off for picking up his second yellow card of the game.
"Schalke never will be a boring club as emotions have always played a vital role. It makes Schalke unique in football."
In another match of group C, Persepolis FC edged Al Taawoun 1-0 as the Iraqi midfielder Bashar Resan scored the match's only goal from the penalty spot to take Iranian side to the top of the group with seven points.
According to the latest rule, the total salary for domestic players should stay between 20 million RMB (about 2,960,000 US dollars) and 44 million RMB (about 6,512,000 US dollars). After the conclusion of the season, the league will reassess the pay structure. Any amount over 44 million RMB or below 20 million RMB will be charged a luxury tax of 25 percent.
Cologne came out highly motivated after half-time and dominated proceedings, but still the "Billy Goats" squandered a number of chances.