Valverde has become indispensable for Real Madrid this season, starting in three of the team's four La Liga matches and blossoming in a box-to-box role.
Italy added another in the 30th minute when El Shaarawy found the net with the outside of his boot.
Xinjiang's Han Xu finished with a team-high 19 points. Liu and Wang each had 17.
"We played well at the start, and executed as planned at both ends, which gave us an upper hand in the first half. But back from the locker room, we didn't put enough pressure on them in defense and do well in transition," Beijing coach Zhang Yunsong noted.
"When you grow up watching someone, you idolise them for what they're able to do, year on year and race on race," said Hamilton, who was gifted one of Schumacher's helmets by son Mick after the race.
"Our defense slumped in the third quarter, and gave opponents many open shots from 3-point land," Hebei coach Ma Tao rued. Enditem
"I was expecting another level of play, something else, but it's normal. We haven't played for a year," the six-time Ballon d'Or winner said. "It's the anxiety of the first game. The important thing is to keep growing as we have done since the  Copa America.
Caputo extended the lead five minutes later as the 33-year-old collected his maiden goal on Cristiano Biraghi's through ball.
At the other end Switzerland failed to force De Gea into action other than to claim a couple of centers into his area. Enditem
Now, every Wednesday afternoon, Liu goes to the local special education school to teach children with cerebral palsy.
However, the Malawi government has announced that all sporting activities will return in phases depending on the preparedness of the respective sporting association.