Jiangsu Smash Shanghai Shenxin In Fa Cup Fourth Round
On a rainy night holders Jiangsu Suning beat China League One side Shanghai Shenxin 3-0 in the fourth round of the China FA Cup
2016 China FA Cup Fourth Round
Jiangsu Suning 3
Wu Xi ’89
Shanghai Shenxin 0
Jiangsu came out fighting as Ramires just missed connect on to a free kick. Shenxin gave a good effort in the first few minutes, but were on the back foot for most of the match.
In the 16th minute Ramires came close again. He was played in and managed to round Shenxin’s keeper however his touch was too strong and the ball went out for a goal kick.
The only chance for Shenxin came in the 22nd minute as Nigerian forward Daniel Chima got a shot off. Unfortunately for the home crowd the shot could not find the top corner of the net.
The second half proved more eventful as Jiangsu wasted little time in breaking the deadlock. Alex Teixeira set up Ramires nicely in the 47th minute and this time the former Chelsea midfielder rounded the keeper correctly to make it 1-0.
Teixeira almost got a goal of his own a minute later though Wu Xi was flagged offside. Teixeira was again left frustrated in the 51st minute as young defender Hu Mingfei threw his body on the goal line to keep Teixeira’s shot out.
Near the hour mark a mad scramble in the Shenxin box saw Jo with an opportunity to make it 2-0. Shenxin keeper and Shanghai native Lin Xiang made a good save to deny the Brazilian.
Jo was finally able to score in the 86th minute when Teixeira slide the ball across goal for Jo to bumble in over the line. It was an unmissable chance, but Jo almost sent the ball high remarkably.
Jiangsu captain Wu Xi put the game to rest with a nice goal assisted by Teixeira, who set up every goal and was clearly Man of the Match.
The team from Nanjing won despite new manager Choi Yong-soo not taking charge until July 1st, with Tang Jing caretaking for now. Jiangsu will face Henan in the fifth round and look confident going forward and will fancy their chances of retaining the Cup.
In the last round Jiangsu were awarded a 3-0 win after being assaulted by Wuhan Hongxing’s players, staff and fans after the final whistle. Wuhan Hongwing are now dissolved and most of the players face serious punishments including some life time bans.
Author: Adem Ali
Adem has lived in China a few years spending most of them in Beijing. The capital provides all the football one could ask for. Adem’s knowledge of Chinese cursing and geography were all learnt through watching matches.