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View from the North: Beijing 2 – 1

Xu taking a free kick

Guoan’s unbeaten streak was extended to 13 after a good win last night at Worker’s Stadium.  Despite injuries and suspensions, the club continues to push forward and find a way to win.

Last night there was some great early teamwork between Joel Griffiths and Walter Martinez, leading to an excellent scoring chance in the opening minutes.  Unfortunately, Martinez had to be substituted out in the 17th minute when he appeared to injure an ankle when attempting to chase down a wayward cross.  His injury meant that recent signing Keita would make his first appearance for the Men in Green and he proved his worth early, making an immediate impact on the match going in alone on the keeper and almost scoring on a great opportunity.

Just before the end of the half, he won a free kick and Xu Liang stepped up to take it.  Xu demonstrated why he’s called “China’s Beckham”, beautifully bending his free kick over the wall and into the back of the net to send Gongti into delirium.  For Jiangsu, who were outplayed but managed to keep the score level up until that point, it was a killer blow.

Xu taking a free kick

China's Beckham in action

In the second half, Jiangsu looked deflated from the late goal, while Guoan stayed strong in the attack.  Piao Cheng, back from illness, who has been playing great all year once again had an excellent performance, controlling the ball and, along with Xu, orchestrating the offense.  Guoan’s second goal started on a pass from Piao to Xu, who made an excellent cross to a wide open Zhou Ting on the right side of the box, Zhou one touched it to Griffiths who was shouldered to the ground by Jiangsu’s big central defender.  A penalty was awarded, Xu stepped up, put it in, and doubled the tally for the home side.  The visitor’s pulled one back when their new signing Alexander Jevtic headed in a cross, making for some tense final moments, but it wasn’t to be for Jiangsu.

Yet with Guangzhou continuing their winning ways, scoring 2 goals in the final 10 minutes, Guoan still remains 7 points off the pace.  They’ll be tested this week when they travel to Hangzhou Yiwu, before a big clash at the end of the month when Guangzhou comes to town.

Brandon Chemers aka B. Cheng aka A Modern Lei Feng – is a name which may be familiar to many in the Chinese blogosphere. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for Wild East Football and is one of the lonely souls writing about Chinese football in English for the last 10 years. Chemers' credentials are second to none – his former blog focused not only on the fortunes of his beloved Beijing Guoan FC, but a multitude of other aspects of Beijing life. He’s deservedly built a reputation in the Chinese blogosphere as an insightful observer of not only Chinese football, but also the wider picture of life in modern China and its many layers. For WEF, beyond writing about Guoan, he often focuses on fan culture and the business of Chinese football.



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