"Even without Neymar or Mbappe Paris have a very good team. We were solid, we were compact, we all worked together and it paid off in the end."
However, Molders remained in the thick of things and headed onto the crossbar moments later.
Luneng went ahead in the 19th minute when their striker Duan Liuyu miskicked the ball which flew into Pelle's way, and the Italian swept it in from a close range.
In the other game in the Meizhou division on Sunday, Meizhou Hakka beat Liaoning Shenyang Urban 2-0.
Stage One involves 32 groups of four players, with the player who tops each group progressing to Stage Two.
Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United will be fascinating to watch after the master tactician earned promotion last season, although Leeds could suffer from a lack of goals.
In 2018, Ceni's first year as manager, Fortaleza won the Brazilian second division title for the first time. He left the club midway through last season to take charge of Cruzeiro, whom he left less than two months later after reportedly falling out with senior players.
Xiralijan, 29, is widely regarded as one of the greatest outside shooters in the CBA. Enditem
But it's not only Thiago's poker game that is causing unrest.
Evergrande continue their dominance in Group A with 28 points while Luneng sit third with 17.
Hoeness indicated Bayern is ready to go the hard way and keep both performers, risking to lose them after this season without a transfer fee. Bayern is demanding 30 million euros for Thiago.