On a cool and clear Friday evening in Shanghai, SIPG looked extremely comfortable all game as they put 3 past a Hebei side which poised very little threat to a dominant SIPG team as Brazilian duo Hulk and Oscar displayed their class.
Shanghai were ahead within the first 20 minutes when striker Wenjun Lue was put through and stroked it past the keeper. They added a second a few minutes later when Oscar delivered a dangerous corner which flashed across the goal only to be met by crowd favourite Lei Wu at the back post. Hebei China Fortune struggled to create any clear chances from open play and Lavezzi cut a disgruntled and isolated figure up top.
CHINESE SUPER LEAGUE
Shanghai SIPG 3
Wenjun Lue 19
Lei Wu 25
Oscar (pen) 66
Hebei CFFC 0
Their main two chances came from set pieces which exposed a seemingly weak link in the Shanghai defence; however both times the final effort was not good enough to trouble J. Yan in goal. The second half dropped off as Shanghai stepped off the gas and controlled the ball a lot more. In the 66th minute the crowd got behind Oscar when he cleverly won a penalty by getting his legs caught up with the trailing defender. There was an air of nervousness around the ground as memories of last weekend’s two penalty misses against Tianjin resurfaced.
However, he confidently stepped up and dispatched the spot kick to put the game beyond doubt. Shanghai saw the game through to full-time and Villas-Boas’ men earned three points to remain second in the league after six games.