However, the six-time Ballon d'Or winner has not been able to win a major trophy at international level; a gold medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympics notwithstanding. The 2022 World Cup in Qatar might be his last chance to change that.
Favre's men were still not done with the scoring and added a fourth goal after Haaland assisted Felix Passlack for his first Bundesliga goal in the dying seconds of the encounter.
In women's actions, top seed Simona Halep took sweet revenge on her opponent from last year's French Open defeat, trouncing American teenager Amanda Anisimova 6-0, 6-1 to progress.
Athletic's last home defeat was probably the most painful of them all as it lost 1-0 at home to newly promoted Cadiz on Thursday despite playing against nine men for almost half an hour. The loss again highlighted the lack of attacking ideas under coach Gaizka Garitano and although there are obvious weaknesses to the squad, many think a more aggressive coach could get more out of it.
Real Sociedad had a comfortable 3-0 win at home to Getafe to end a run of poor results at home since the return of football in June and to momentarily go top of the table, although that lead didn't last for long.
"We haven't had an official game for quite a long time, thus leading to our huge anticipation towards it. All of us are excited about coming back on court," added China's national team center.
After dominating the upper hand across the final quarter, Zhejiang kept up its all-win record in the ongoing 2020-2021 season.
Alba had to limp off in the 74th minute and was replaced by new signing Sergino Dest, who played on the left of the Barca defense, despite being right-footed.
"I think it was played out at a few points really. These are a few points that rocked the game. I did not know how to seize the opportunities that I had mainly in the first but also in the second set. This is what made the difference today," Burel commented on her performance in brief.
Han Ziqi contributed a game-high 23 points, but her solo effort could not save Tianjin from a big loss.
The 38-year-old Bekele won the Berlin Marathon last year in 2:01:41, only two seconds short of Kipchoge's world record, which he set on the same course in 2018.