James' free kick was headed home by Yerry Mina on the stroke of halftime to put Everton back in front, before James rounded off an excellent individual display with two second-half goals.
The last set became a lop-sided affair for Tianjin, which went on a 12-4 run to pull away and kept the advantage until the end.
The following games are scheduled for Saturday: Borussia Dortmund host Freiburg, Eintracht Frankfurt face Hoffenheim, Cologne entertain Borussia Monchengladbach, Werder Bremen encounter newcomers Arminia Bielefeld, newly-promoted Stuttgart clash with Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig play bottom side Schalke. Enditem
The South American zone's 2022 World Cup qualifiers had been scheduled to begin in late March but were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Enditem
Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece hits a return during the men's singles third round match against Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia in the French Open tennis tournament 2020 at Roland Garros in Paris, France, Oct. 3, 2020. (Photo by Aurelien Morissard/Xinhua)
"To stand in his way would not be just reward for the service he has given us, and we wish him the best."
In the other action on Friday, women's third seed Elina Svitolina cruised past 27th-seeded Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-4, 7-5 to advance to the next round. Argentine qualifier Nadia Podoroska extended her stunning run on clay after the restart of the season, as the 23-year-old dispatched Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 6-3, 6-2 to become the first Argentinean women's player to reach the fourth round in Paris since 2011. Enditem
PSV beat Fortuna Sittard 2-0 in Eindhoven on Sunday and passed Ajax on the Eredivisie table. Donyell Malen opened the scoring on a pass from Eran Zahavi in the fifth minute. In the remainder of the first half, four PSV goals were disallowed by the VAR for different reasons, meaning the match remained tight until the final minutes. Noni Madueke sealed the result four minutes from time.
Bolivia will field a depleted team for the matches in Sao Paulo on October 9 and La Paz four days later amid a series of controversies affecting the national football scene.
Alvaro Ordiozola will continue at right back after Dani Carvajal suffered a knee injury on Friday that will sideline him for a couple of months, while Ferland Mendy will likely return on the left after being rested in the narrow midweek win at home to Valladolid.
Alba's natural replacement in the Barca squad, Junior Firpo, is also injured at the moment, although he is expected to be able to return to training in the coming days. Enditem