It was a great opening day to the Chinese Super League’s 2012 season, something a lot of fans were waiting many months for. Things were anti-climatic in Shanghai, but there was plenty to get excited about elsewhere, with an impressive win despite the wet and weather in Shenyang, Fuli getting off to a great start in the top flight, and Guizhou giving the fans something to watch in the first ever professional match in that city. Our Man of the Week? It’s easily Conca.
Liaoning Whowin 3 – 1 Henan Construction
Liaoning cruise to a big win on the back of a fabulous performance by youngster Yu Hanchao, who scored one goal and had a hand in his club’s two other goals. For more on this match, check out our full match report.
Dalian Shide 1 – 2 Changchun Yatai
Ricardo scores the first goal of the 2012 season, but it wasn’t enough as Uzbe, defender Anzur Ismailov scores a pair, both set up by Zhang Wenzhao, leading the visitors to a victory.
Guizhou Renhe 2 – 1 Shandong Luneng
Guizhou boosts the league’s attendance with a massive crowd in Guiyang who got to see a good game with an excellent result for the home side, picking up three points for the first time at their new home with an extra time winner.
Guangzhou Fuli 3 – 1 Beijing Guoan
Fans of the league’s newest club have to be happy about their sides performance, while the Men in Green embarassed themselves. For more, check out our full match report.
Shanghai Shenhua 1 – 1 Jiangsu Sainty
A fairly boring, Anelka-less match that can’t live up to the hype, for more, check out our full match report.
Hangzhou Greentown 0 – 0 Qingdao Jonoon
A tough draw for Hangzhou’s big return to their home stadium, for more read our View from the West Lake.
Guangzhou Evergrande 2 – 1 Shanghai Shenxin
It was a surprisingly small crowd (is Fuli cutting into the Evergrande support?) who came out to watch the champs open up their season. The visitors opened up the scoring, but two great goals from Conca gave Evergrande the win.
Tianjin Teda 1 – 0 Dalian Aerbin
A disappointing crowd headed to Teda Stadium, and while Yu Dabao didn’t dress, it was still a decent match, Tianjin saved themselves from another draw with a late winner.