The race, attracting around 1,500 runners from China, Japan, Mexico and other countries and regions, features 65km, 25km and 5km races.
The Blanquirroja are aiming to qualify for their second consecutive World Cup, having ended a 36-year drought to earn a place at the 2018 tournament in Russia.
Gaston is to challenge third seed Dominic Thiem in the fourth round. Earlier in the day, the Austrian had claimed another straight-sets victory over 28th seed Casper Ruud, beating the Norwegian 6-4, 6-3, 6-1.
During the 18-round campaign, teams face lung-busting altitude, scorching tropical heat, long-haul flights between many cities and passionate fans that make stadiums such as Argentina's La Bombonera or Brazil's Maracana among the world's most inhospitable venues for opponents.
James has been in sparkling form since joining Everton from Real Madrid on a free transfer last month, scoring three goals in his first four Premier League outings.
Villarreal travels after an easy 3-1 win at home to Alaves and with strikers Paco Alcacer and Gerard Moreno both in excellent form after netting six goals between them in Villarreal's first four games of the season.
Falcao, 34, has found his scoring touch for Galatasaray with three goals from the opening three rounds of the Turkish Super Lig.
Dortmund pressed forward but had to wait until the 31st minute before the good build-up work and pass into the box from Giovanni Reyna allowed Haaland to break the deadlock with a hammer from close range.
Guo Zixuan, who had joined Hebei from Shanxi during the offseason, finished with a game-high 26 points. Zhang Yaqi and Chen Jinting bagged 17 and 14 points respectively.
The annual carnival, also featuring jet-skiing and kayaking, was held to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival and Chinese National Day holiday. 300 local swimmers attend the competition to swim across the Liujiang River on Friday.
The Kyodo news agency said that despite the mass infections, the club's Pacific League game against the Orix Buffaloes went ahead as planned on Tuesday. The Chiba side lost 3-0 at home.