The Chinese Football Association (CFA) revealed that the second phase matches would be played in a two-legged knockout format, with the CSL's 16 teams divided into a championship group (Final A) and a relegation group (Final B).
Rennes, who finished third in the curtailed 2019-20 season, is set to make its maiden appearance in the Champions League group stage this season.
Other games on Thursday see Athletic Club at home to Cadiz, while Sevilla entertain Levante in the Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium. Enditem
Olympic medalist Fu Yuanhui touched the finishing line first in the preliminary of the women's 100m backstroke, but was another to miss out on the final, ranking only 11th in the physical tests. Guangdong's Wang Xue'er took the crown in 59.55 seconds.
If Villarreal coach Unai Emery was unhappy at the space his side left Barca in the opening goal, he will have been furious as Fati doubled his tally just four minutes later.
Valladolid and Celta drew 1-1 with Sergi Guardiola's 66th minute penalty cancelling out Iago Aspas' 44th minute strike for Celta.
Facing Shenzhen, Suning's Alex Teixeira smacked the winning penalty in the 28th minute after Li Ang was tripped by Morteza Pouraliganji.
Rookie Zheng Muyan, 18, defeated Olympic champion Ye Shiwen in the women's 200m breaststroke to take the title. However, Yu Jingyao was absent from that final, as she failed to make the top eight in a selection of physical tests held from September 22 to 23 - a new requirement to qualify for the championships.
Mentioning the names of the brilliant BVB youngsters such as Erling Haaland, Jadon Sancho, Jude Bellingham, and Giovanni Reyna might delight every football lover.
"We haven't played an official game for a long time, so players were kind of excited, and we transferred a lot of positive energy on the court," Shandong coach Luka Sjekloca noted.
Salihamidzic seems to be facing a Herculean challenge to not only find a back-up for spearhead Lewandowski, an additional midfielder and a suitable full-back.