Shanghai East Asia 0-3 Beijing Guoan
CSL round 16
Shao 9′, Guerron 58′, Wang Hao 80′
After a long string of weak road performances, it was back to winning ways for Beijing Guoan on the road as the 10 men side was able to defeat Shanghai East Asia 3-0 last night.
Guoan dominated possession and chances from the start. Shao Jiayi got the visitors off to a good start with a long shot that somehow slipped under the East Asia keeper. Shao’s shot had some dip on it, but it was down to keeper error more than anything. Guoan was up by one and it was only 10 minutes into the match.
It was fortunate the Beijingers had that goal because within minutes they went a man down when Lang Zheng took down xxxx and was adjudged to be the last defender. The big Guoan defender saw straight red and Guoan looked ready to sit back and defend their way to a 1-0 victory.
Despite half a season in the top flight, East Asia’s inexperience shined through and the home side struggled to create chances. Those that Shanghai did produce were easily dealt with by Yang Zhi, who gave a stellar performance in net.
Whatever hopes the Shanghai side had of earning points were undone just before the hour mark when a defender slipped and Zhang Xizhe played an easy ball across the goal mouth for a Joffre Guerron tap in. Guoan added one more in the final minutes as Guerron charged forward on the counter attack after a Shanghai corner kick. He put substitute Wang Hao through in space and the youngster finished beautifully.
The three points offer much needed relief for Guoan, who are now only two points shy of the final Asian Champions League spot.
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