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CSL Round 5 Review: Attendance and all the Goals

Another week in the books. Two scoreless draws in big matches this weekend led to some boredom. Results (and attendance) continues to dip in Guangzhou this season. Another impressive weekend for African MVP Christopher Katanga winning a tight match for Henan, and our co-Man of the Week, Yang Xu in Liaoning, whose brace led his side to victory. Most of all, R&F remain top of the table after a victory in Tianjin.

Henan Construction 2 – 1 Changchun Yatai
Attendance: 19,200

Changchun get on the board first, but once again its Katanga showing his class with another pair of goals to secure all three points for the home side. A dark spot after the game as once again there was fan violence, with the small contingent of Changchun away fans being attacked by the local Henan fans. When is security going to start doing their job in Zhengzhou?!?

Liaoning Whowin 2 – 0 Qingdao Jonoon
Attendance: 16,400

Liaoning cruise to an easy win on the back of Yang Xu’s brace. Our full match report is here.

Shanghai Shenxin 3 – 1 Dalian Aerbin
Attendance: 4,000

Shenxin have produced some interesting results so far this year and this week was no different. The side we universally predicted to be going down now sits within striking distance of an ACL spot after putting up three on Aerbin. For their part, the visitors struggled in their first performance under the new manager.

Shandong Luneng 0 – 0 Jiangsu Sainty
Attendance: 25,300

We hyped this match a lot going into the weekend, unfortunately it didn’t deliver much on that hype as neither side could find a goal and both walk away with a point.

Hangzhou Greentown 1 – 1 Shanghai Shenhua

Shenhua would get on the board first through a Nic Anelka goal, though Hangzhou quickly equalized and from then on it was a battle for a winner that never came. Read our Shenhua match report here and our Hangzhou match report here.

Tianjin Teda 1 – 2 Guangzhou R&F
Attendance: 11,500

Struggles continue in Tianjin as they go down to league leaders Fuli. After outplaying Fuli in the first half, Tianjin went down to a pair of quick second half goals and could only get one back as consolation.

Dalian Shide 0 – 0 Beijing Guoan
Attendance: 10,600

A bit of a snoozefest by the sea, for a full writeup, check out our Guoan match report.

Guangzhou Evergrande 1 – 1 Guizhou Renhe
Attendance: 31,300

Guizhou certainly wasn’t intimidated by the champs, playing a solid match and getting on the board first, though Conca equalized with a penalty just before the half. Lee Jangsoo started the match with Conca on the bench, but frustrated with defender Paulão’s performance, he subbed him off for Conca in the 26th minute. Paulão showed his dissatisfaction with the move by punching (and breaking) the locker room’s glass window. As the rain picked up in Guangzhou, the pitch conditions quickly deteriorated, having a greater effect on the match.

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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