Late goals from Liu Binbin and Papiss Cisse helped Shandong Luneng to a 2-0 victory over Tianjin Teda on Saturday evening.
CHINESE SUPER LEAGUE
Shandong Luneng 1
Liu Binbin 78
Tianjin Teda 0
Coming up against a Tianjin Teda side set up to be defensively stubborn, with foreigners Nemanja Gudelj, John Obi Mikel and Hwang Seok-Ho preferred to attacking alternatives, Shandong’s direct 4-4-2 style eventually paid dividends with two goals in the final 15 minutes.
Graziano Pelle twice went close in the first half, only to be denied by goalkeeper Du Jia, while Jin Jingdao enjoyed the best of Shandong’s chances in the opening period having been played through on the left by the Italian. Once more, Du Jia was up to the challenge.
It was a pair of substitutes, though, who made the difference for Felix Magath’s side. Firstly, with 12 minutes remaining on the clock, Cantonese winger Liu Binbin fired home from a Pelle knockdown which had sowed havoc in the Teda defence.
Just minutes later the lead was doubled after a tremendous surge and low cross from Wu Xinghan on the left-flank picked out Papiss Cisse in front of goal. The Senegalese striker made no mistake to put an end to the contest.
Under-23 Watch: Shandong Luneng’s Cui Wei managed 57 minutes before being replaced by Liu Binbin, while 20-year-old Tianjin striker Yang Liyu lasted just one minute more.
18-year-old Guo Tianyu also managed just a few seconds for Shandong late in the game.