Mikel Oyarzabal's 13th minute goal gave the Spaniards the win that means they have seven points from their opening three matches in the competition after previously drawing in Germany and beating the Ukraine (who they play again on Tuesday).
Images of the 36-year-old visiting the Brazilian Serie A club's Rei Pele training complex circulated on social media on Saturday amid reports that negotiations were at an advanced stage.
However, the Czechs took the lead after an embarrassing mistake by Israeli goalkeeper Ofir Marciano, who failed to control the ball on a simple return pass from teammate Joel Abu Hanna in the 14th minute.
Ma Long of Beijing and Xu Xin (L) of Shanghai compete during the men's doubles final match against Lin Gaoyuan/Liang Jingkun of Guangdong at the 2020 Chinese National Table Tennis Championships in Weihai, east China's Shandong Province, Oct. 9, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhu Zheng)
The contest consists of 12 sports items including beach football, beach volleyball, beach shuttlecock and some fun items like tug-of-war and climbing the sand dunes, which are quite interesting with a high degree of participation.
"We were not able to keep up with the aggressive approach of our opponents. We produced no final passes. I tried to switch things up in the roster but nothing helped," said Slovakia's coach Hapal after the game.
"Sichuan proved its all-around character from these matches going into the season. Our young players didn't show enough guts against such a strong side," admitted Fujian coach Gong Songlin. Enditem
Elsewhere, former Changchun Yatai forward Marinho converted two penalties as Santos upset Gremio 2-1 at home. Diego Souza was on target for the visitors.
Nitra is the new leader of the rankings; its third win out of three came after a solid performance in the first two periods on Detva's ice.
Spain took the lead thanks to its efforts to pin the Swiss back when Granit Xhaka slipped as Yann Sommer tried a short pass out from goal. Mikel Merino collected the ball and fed his Real Sociedad teammate Oyarzabal to beat Sommer on the turn in the 13th minute.
Shanghai guard Peng Szu-Chin hobbled off the court, seemingly through a strain, just one minute into the second half. Without one of its main scorers, Shanghai could not catch up on the offensive end as Xinjiang pulled away through the backcourt combo Wang Siyu and Wang Lili's efforts.