All games of the second-last round of the 2012 season kicked off on Saturday at 3.30 pm. While Guangzhou Evergrande used home advantage to secure a second championship title in a row, Henan Jianye finally got relegated to China League 1 for the next season.
Guangzhou Evergrande – Liaoning Whowin 1:0 (0:0)
After losing to a late Gao Lin goal, conceded during the last seconds of normal time, Liaoning will need something from their home game in Shenyang and ultimate fixture of the season against direct competitor Shanghai Shenxin next Saturday to avoid relegation. The North-easterners do not want to repeat the same fate as in 2008 when they got relegated from top flight football.
Henan Jianye – Dalian Shide 0:1 (0:0)
Yan Xiangchuangs goal for Dalian at Zhengzhou’s Hanghai Stadium scored within nine minutes of the restart after half-time, helped Shide to secure top division football for the 2013 season. Henan had a goal disallowed towards the end of the first half, presumably for an offside position.
Shanghai Shenxin – Shandong Luneng 1:1 (0:0)
Du Wei’s equalizer from deep into time added-on for the visiting Jinan team, broke hearts of the many home fans who attended this crucial fixture at Jinshan Stadium. Shenxin’s lead taken in the 72nd minute came courtesy of a Wang Jiayu strike.
Qingdao Jonoon – Guangzhou R&F 3:2 (2:1)
Changchun Yatai : Hangzhou Greentown 0:3 (0:1)
The home team lost any hope of playing in the ACL competition next season after losing 3:0 at home in the Development Area Stadium, the CSL’s most northern venue in the capital of Jilin Province. In the eyes of Greentown supporters, the Zhejiang team maybe about to end a tumultuous season on a conciliatory note.
Jiangsu Sainty : Beijing Guo’an 0:0
Another big crowd flocked to attend Nanjing’s last CSL home game in 2012 at the Olympic Sports Center. The 0:0 draw sees the team from China’s capital grabbing a valuable ACL spot.
Guizhou Renhe FC – Tianjin Teda 1:1 (1:1)
Dalian Aerbin – Shanghai Shenhua 0:0