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CSL Round 9 review: Attendance and all the goals

What looked on paper to be a boring Chinese Super League weekend where the top sides would roll to victories turned into an upset packed weekend where anything could happen. Saturday started things off with three surprise victories, and while there were fewer goals on Sunday, the action was no less exciting.

Changchun Yatai 0-0 Qingdao Jonoon
Attendance: 10,318

Changchun’s been drawing a lot lately and failed to get a goal against a struggling Qingdao team.

Shandong Luneng 1-2 Hangzhou Greentown
Attendance: 15,612

Hangzhou manager Okada’s having a tough time by the West Lake, but his side went to Jinan and left with all three points as well as goal of the week for Fabricio, a wonderful, individual effort.

Guizhou Renhe 3-1 Jiangsu Sainty
Attendance: 22,111

Guizhou’s three foreigners combine for three great goals as they hand the Nanjingers their first defeat of the 2012 season.

Shanghai Shenxin 4-2 Guangzhou R&F
Attendance: 10,051

What’s going on with Shenxin? They look to be a thoroughly average side, but they’ve proven more than once that they are capable of scoring at will from time to time. A big upset as they took down R&F, though with Jiangsu losing as well, not much changed at the top of the table.

Dalian Shide 4-1 Tianjin Teda
Attendance: 6,158

In his 101st game for Dalian, James Chamanga has a big match and the northern seasiders put together a big performance against Tianjin, whose problems continue.

Liaoning Whowin 1-1 Shanghai Shenhua
Attendance: 23,167

China’s top striker, Yang Xu, gets a late equalizer to prevent Shenhua from earning a much needed three points. Read our Shenhua match report here.

Henan Construction 2-2 Beijing Guoan
Attendance: 20,192

It was a decent back-and-forth tussle in Zhengzhou, read our full report here.

Guangzhou Evergrande 2-1 Dalian Aerbin
Attendance: 32,468

Last year’s champions just keep cruising, this time taking down cellar dwellers Aerbin, who made a good showing of it and almost managed to pull out a point. Of far greater concern for Guangzhou is that Muriqui went down injured and will be out for at least three weeks.

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.

2 Comments

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  1. Steve

    08/05/2012 at 13:01

    Some cracking goals this week. Everyone outside the top 5 is probably still looking over their shoulders a bit — almost a third of the way through the season, and the bottom half of the table is only covered by three points. Arebin and Qingdao *should* still be favorites to go down, but it’d be nice to go on a bit of a run and pull further clear.

    • bcheng

      08/05/2012 at 13:47

      There needs to be an equivalent to Saint Totteringham’s Day that Shenxin fans can celebrate when they finish above Shenhua!

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