"Our players are highly motivated to beat their opponents on Sunday. We are Esteghlal and can benefit from our previous experience in the competition," he added.
Aubameyang scored in Arsenal's opening game of the season as they won 3-0 away last Saturday and netted 22 league goals last season (to add to the 22 he scored the previous year), as well as scoring both goals in his side's FA Cup final win over Chelsea.
Flamengo will meet Independiente del Valle on Thursday and Barcelona de Guayaquil five days later.
With Li Shenglong's header in the 75th minute, Shanghai SIPG beat Chongqing Lifan 3-2.
But just when it appeared as if Leeds would take a well-deserved point back to West Yorkshire, a loose challenge from record signing Rodrigo resulted in another penalty which Salah tucked away with unerring accuracy.
Rukavytsya scored the winning goal in the 71st minute, after a pass by the substitute midfielder Dolev Haziza.
Middle blocker Wang Yuanyuan also returned from the national team to join Tianjin in their quest for the title.
Shenhua could have taken the lead in the 28th minute through Yang Xu's header, but his glancing effort drifted just wide.
"In view of the recent COVID-19 related developments around the world, a number of teams and individual players have elected not to travel to Denmark for tournaments in Aarhus and Odense, a choice the BWF has to respect and acknowledge," said the BWF. "It has been realized that we are not in a position to deliver the level of competition reasonably expected by fans and all stakeholders."
Yet again, Slovan were close to sealing the victory after the home team's striker Ilmari Niskanen missed his attempt in the third round of the penalty shots but Slovan's Ratao and Nono failed to capitalize, sealing a 4-3 shootout victory for the Finns.
The seven-time German Champions (last in 1958) and five-time cup winners (last in 2011) boasts one of Europe's most successful academies.