It was squeeky bum time in a number of locations around the Chinese Super League with three sides fighting to stay alive. In the end it was Qingdao Jonoon that went down after losing 1-0 to Beijing Guoan at Worker’s Stadium.
The day started with Changchun Yatai in the relegation zone, two points below Qingdao and Jiangsu Sainty. When the day was over, Yatai managed a 1-0 win over northeastern rivals Liaoning Whowin, meaning Guoan’s defeat of Qingdao would relegate the seasiders to the lower division next year.
Despite having already secured another year of Asian Champions League football, Beijing Guoan still put out one of their strongest lineups, not going easy on Qingdao. Despite the strength of the lineup, Qingdao was up to the task, stuck on defense for most of the match, but still keeping Guoan off the scoreboard.
Stanojevic made two changes early in the second half to up the attack and it worked, with Zhang Xizhe setting up Joffre Guerron for the Ecuadorian’s 11th goal of the 2013 season. At the exact same moment, the 77th minute, Liu Weidong scored for Changchun to put them in the lead and give them hopes of survival. Qingdao pressed, but too much so, and despite getting one past Yang Zhi in the 82nd minute, the referee rightly flagged them offside.
As time ticked away, Qingdao didn’t come any closer to getting the goal they needed and time ran out on the match and, after 17 years in the top flight, their time in the CSL.