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Guoan just strong enough to win in Nanjing

Jiangsu Sainty 0-1 Beijing Guoan
Chinese Super League Round 3
Joffre Guerron 19′
Attendance: 32,155

A first half Joffre Guerron goal was all Beijing needed to defeat Jiangsu Sainty and win its second straight road match, a feat Jaime Pacheco only achieved twice in two years in the capital.

Beijing Guoan has a very tough April ahead, with multiple league matches and three Asian Champions League matches this month. Jiangsu had the advantage of being at home in their Wednesday ACL match, though Guoan had to come from a Tuesday match in Tashkent. The Qatari referee also let them play for much of the match, rarely calling fouls throughout the match.

Both teams looked tired for much of the match, but Guoan despite their crazy travel schedule, the Beijingers were able to control the first half and scored the opening (and only) goal of the match. While the Men in Green dominated possession, much of it was in the midfield or their defensive end as once again Guerron looked like he wasn’t on the same page with the rest of the side. That said, it was a long Guerron shot from 30 yards out in the 18th minute that challenged the Jiangsu keeper and led to a corner kick.

Jiangsu’s Eleílson was out of the lineup making it easier for Guoan’s taller players and Freddie Kanoute got up high and headed the ball into the path of Guerron. It was a great effort by the Ecuadorian to beat the defender to the ball and knock it in.

The second half would see Sainty get back in the game, in the 49th minute a Ren Hang cross was just slightly too high for Hamdi Salihi, but it should have led to the equalizer. From then on, it was a nervous 40 minutes for Guoan fans as Jiangsu regularly pressured Beijing’s defense. However, time after time, Guoan’s defense, be it Xu Yunlong, Darko Matic, or a resurgent Lang Zheng, turned away the Jiangsu attack.

It was a great road win for the Beijingers, who now have to return quickly to Beijing for a midweek ACL match against Bunyodkor. The capital side is on a role, having yet to lose a match in 2013, it’s exciting times for Guoan, while those in Nanjing need to be concerned as their side has had some ACL success but has struggled in the league this season.

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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  1. Damian Jones

    07/04/2013 at 11:22

    I’ve seen a lot of Guoan on TV so far this year and it seems you have a number of things going for you – especially in the first half of games. A pressing offensive-defence, the best one-touch footballing side in the division and, most important of all, consistency.

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