The least said about this match the better. To give readers a true fan perspective, I’m going to cut and paste the real-time SMS updates I sent during the game itself to a follower of this blog, who couldn’t make it to the stadium and had requested score updates:
19:53: 1-0 already. Feng Renliang totally took it from his own half, amazing run, laid it on for Salmeron to finish.
20:28: 1-1. Absolute cock up between Shenhua’s two foreign defenders let the Qingdao guy through.
21:00: 2-1, Riascos. Missed the goal, outside finishing off a beer. (note, was wrongly informed, scorer was in fact Salmeron).
21:12: 2-2. Conceeded from corner. Opposite end of pitch, not sure what happened.
21:14: 3-2…..That man Riascos again! Goals just flying in right now.
21:34: Injury time. Shenhua keeper pulled off a great point blank save just several moments ago to keep us ahead.
21:40: (Final score) 3-3. Qingdao had 5 shots on goal all game max.
22:13: (Aftermatch discussion) Not sure what to say about that match at all. Strange game even by shenhua standards. definately unlucky, but should have had it in the bag by half time. bummer.
Ground: Hongkou Football Stadium, Hongkou District, Shanghai
Capacity: 35,000 (26,000 for football)
Honours: Chinese top-tier league champions: 1995
Chinese top-tier league runners-up: 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2008
Chinese FA Cup winners: 1998
Chinese FA Cup runners up: 1995, 1997, 2015