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Huang Bowen bags brace as Evergrande thrash Guizhou

Guangzhou Evergrande 4-0 Guizhou Renhe

China Super League Round 4

Zheng Zhi 10′, Elkeson 39′, Huang Bowen 73′ 90′

Guangzhou Evergrande took full advantage of their game in hand to move three points clear at the top of the Chinese Super League on Wednesday night, thanks to goals from Zheng Zhi, Elkeson and Huang Bowen (twice).

The game had almost started in terrible fashion for the hosts, as Rao Weihui’s cross from the left flank almost snuck in under the crossbar but for a fine save from goalkeeper Zeng Cheng. It was to prove to be a one-off, though, as just minutes later captain Zheng Zhi opened the scoring with a fine shot from 25 yards.

Evergrande’s dominance would continue, with Zhang Linpeng going close to adding a second with a header midway through the half. The goal would eventually come through a familiar source, as Elkeson rose above goalkeeper Zhang Lie to add his 15th goal of the season from a Dario Conca corner.

The half would end in controversy, though, as Evergrande defender Zhang Linpeng escaped a red card for what looked like a clear elbow to the face of opposition forward Rafa Jorda. There could also have been an argument for him being the last man in defence, but the referee proceeded to show a yellow card.

After the break, with the hosts already 2-0 up, the game continued in very much the same fashion. Muriqui went close to adding a third early in the half, but it would take until the 73rd minute for the goal to come as Huang Bowen fired home the rebound from Elkeson’s well struck free-kick.

Gao Lin would waste a good chance on the counter-attack minutes later, firing weakly at the goalkeeper with Elkeson waiting in front of an open goal. Huang, though, would ensure a fourth would come as he curled home a free-kick in the final minute to put the icing on the cake for the hosts on a sodden night in Guangzhou.

Guangzhou Evergrande: Zeng Cheng; Zhang Linpeng, Zhao Peng, Kim Young-Gwon, Sun Xiang; Zheng Zhi, Huang Bowen; Rong Hao (Gao Lin 62′), Conca (Zhao Xuri 62′), Muriqui (Feng Junyan 73′); Elkeson.

Guizhou Renhe: Zhang Lie; Rao Weihui, Salley, Sun Jihai, Chen; Yang Hao, Nano (Muslimovic 46′); Chen Jie, Yu Hai, Qu Bo (Zhang Chenglin 55′); Rafa Jorda.

Based in Guangzhou, Christopher covers Chinese football for a range of media outlets worldwide and is Wild East Football's lead editor for news content.   His work can regularly be seen on ESPN FC, Bleacher Report and Hupu amongst other media outlets, while he has interviewed a number of leading figures in Chinese football.

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