Just before the break, Hoffenheim took a 2-1 lead as a VAR-assisted penalty was awarded after Rafael Czichos was fouled inside the box. Kramaric stepped up and slotted home past Horn.
A new and improved team spirit has developed, he emphasized. "Schalke has a lot of experienced players around that help us to perform better. Everyone is determined to improve."
"I think it's an amazing feeling. I was waiting for this moment for a long time and I am very, very happy to be here," Thiago told the Liverpool club's website.
Ricardo Goulart's volley gave Hebei a 10th minute lead before Guoan midfielder Renato Augusto made it 1-1 with a glorious chip in the 28th minute.
Dortmund's season opener this Saturday evening against Borussia Moenchengladbach might well deliver first impressions of how the top German league's 2020/21 story might end.
The Portuguese spent three seasons with Wolves, and was the team's top scorer with 17 goals when they secured promotion to the Premier League by winning the Championship in the 2017/18 season.
Monchengladbach approached Dortmund's goal dangerously for the first time in the 32nd minute when custodian Roman Burki saved Jonas Hofmann's shot from very close range.
"We are waiting for what the Ministry of Health and the president are going to say about sporting activity and give us direction and that is what we are going to do as to when football activity is starting and when there is a continuation of the league," he added.
Erling Haaland (front) of Dortmund vies with Nico Elvedi of Moenchengladbach during a German Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Moenchengladbach in Dortmund, Germany, Sept. 19, 2020. (Photo by Joachim Bywaletz/Xinhua)
The match ended 1-1 at full-time, and both sides had opportunities to win in a penalty shoot-out but Qian Jiegei hit the bar while R&F scored all five to seal the win.
"As for the fans, no matter when I get injured, traded or defeated, you always support me, which gives me great belief," he added.