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CSL Round 21 Weekend Wrap: Liu Jian celebrates justice at Tianhe; Shenxin a step closer to staying up

The weekend saw some big results all over the country as Henan and Shenxin both helped their hopes of remaining in the top flight while Guangzhou Evergrande extended their lead (at least until tonight), to double digits over Beijing Guoan. Their crosstown rivals R&F will be disappointed as they fail to keep pace in the battle for 2nd place (and ultimately what might be the final ACL spot). The round ends tonight as Beijing hosts Guizhou Renhe.

Harbin Yiteng 0-1 Shanghai Shenxin
This was a crucial “six pointer” for both sides, and Shenxin came away with all three points thanks to a Yang Jiawei header early in the second half. The win moves Shenxin into the safety zone and is close to condemning Harbin to relegation this year.

Hangzhou Greentown 4-1 Shandong Luneng
Can anyone explain what’s going on with Shandong? After looking like they turned a corner having beaten Shenxin, they travel to Hangzhou and get crushed. For awhile it looked like a close match, Greentown opened up scoring but Zhang Wenzhao responded just before the half hour mark. Macena gave Hangzhou the lead a minute before halftime and from there it was all Hangzhou, adding two more in the second half and cruising to victory. Will this be the nail in Cuca’s coffin or will Shandong choose stability?

Guangzhou Evergrande 2-1 Tianjin Teda
The scoring didn’t start until the second half when Tianjin opened up the scoring, but the champions quickly had an answer. As seems to so often be the case, just when it looked like they’d drop points and give Guoan yet another opening, they were able to find a goal. This time the scorer was Liu Jian, whose extra time winner boosted Evergrande’s lead to 10, at least for the moment. Liu’s goal was a great way to celebrate the CFA’s decision in his favor and against his former club, Qingdao.

Dalian Aerbin 0-1 Shanghai Shenhua

Shenhua’s last victory outside of Shanghai was so long ago it was against a team that doesn’t exist anymore – Dalian Shide. Now, some 848 days later, Shenhua finally won outside their home city, and also in Dalian, this time against Aerbin. Paulo Henrique did the damage five minutes from time with a tremendous finish from outside the box after a fairly turgid game looked to be heading for a stalemate.

Liaoning Whowin 0-2 Jiangsu Sainty

It looked like Liaoning was going to come away with a much needed point at home, but it wasn’t to be, the match turning into the Roda Antar show late on. First, the big Lebanese midfielder broke the deadlock in the 85th minute, then he followed it up with an assist on a Wu Xi goal in extra time, giving the visitors all three points.

Changchun Yatai 1-2 Shanghai East Asia

You put Wu Lei and Tobias Hysen on the pitch together and the result is goals, that was the case once again Sunday night. Hysen opened up the scoring in the 15th minute and despite Changchun finding an equalizer, East Asia won it late, Hysen setting up Wu Lei in the 78th minute for the winner.

Henan Jianye 4-0 Guangzhou R&F

R&F came away with a big win to draw closer to second midweek, but losing like this to Henan is a rough setback. For Henan, the surprise win is an important three points in their fight to stay up, the large amount of goals surely helping as well.

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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