A look at all the action in the CSL this week…
Guangzhou R&F 1 – 1 Hebei CFFC
Guangzhou R&F and Hebei kicked off this weeks CSL action on Friday with the home side looking to take all 3 points after last weeks disappointing 3-0 loss to Shandong Luneng. The game started fairly even with both sides creating good chances from the start, the first big opportunity of the game fell to home side when Lavezzi strike was saved by goalkeeper Cheng Yuelei. Then in the 30th minute Brazillian Júnior Urso dispossessed the home side deep in their half but decided to take the early shot which was saved, keeping the score level at half time. Throughout the second half both sides continued to create goal scoring opportunities with some attractive football being played but both goalkeepers made a number of good saves that helped keep the game goalless. Then in the 85th minute Lavezzi picked the ball up out wide and started to dribble towards goal evading three defenders in the process, his strike then guided the ball into the bottom corner and make the score 0-1. Seconds later the home side replied when Joo-Young Kim failed clearance drop to Li Tixiang on the edge of the box, Tixiang first time strike was then met by Zahavi and his slightest of touches was enough to beat the goalkeeper to make the final sore 1-1.
Liaoning Kaixin 2 – 1 Chongqing Dangdai Lifan
This mid table clash saw both sides looking for a win as both teams have failed to win in their last four CSL matches. The home side started very strongly creating some early chances and in the 8th minute Lukimya extremely creative back heel from a free kick set up Ujah, who brought the ball down on his chest and finished the move off making the score 1-0. The rest of the second half was quiet with both sides struggling to create any real chances apart from a few long distances effort that did not trouble either keeper. The away side started better in the second half and scored in the 59th minute when Peng Xinli pass cut though the home sides defences and fell to Ding Jie who struck the ball across the goalkeeper into the corner, making the score 1-1. The home side almost reacted straight away as a mistake in midfield allowed them to counter attack with two players on two but when Ujah finally attempted to shoot he got tackled, the ball did roll past the goalkeeper but Milović cleared the ball of the line. Chamanga then won his side a penalty in the 70 minute but it should have been a free kick as foul didn’t happen in the area, however Chamanga stepped up and made no mistake with the penalty and secured all 3 points for his team.
Yanbian Funde 1 – 2 Beijing Guoan
The home side came into this game needing a win to take them out of the relegation zone but it was the away side who started better by creating more chances, in the 28th minute Yilmaz broke the dead lock when he followed up his own volley to score. The home side respond almost immediately when Han Guanghui through ball cut open Beijing Guoan back four and Trawally was there to knock the ball home, leveling the score before half time. The away side then got themselves back into the lead on the 52nd minute when right back Zhao Hejing’s cross found its way into the penalty area, after some confusion the ball landed at Yilmaz’ feet and he finished the move off making it 1-2. Both sides continued to created a number of chances but failed to score leaving the away side to take all 3 points.
Guizhou Zhicheng 2 – 1 Tianjin Quanjian
Both sides came into this game hoping to improve on last weekend’s defeat and it was the home side who took an early lead in the 8th minute when goalkeeper Zhang Lu could not stop Jelavić powerful header. Jelavić had another good chance in the 30 minute to make the score line 2-0 but he could only drive the ball into the side net. The home side got another chance seconds before half time when Olunga went one on one with the goalkeeper but failed to score again. Tianjin Quanjian started better in the second half creating more chances, the best of which fell to Alex Witsel but he failed to convert on the 60th minute. The away side finally got their goal on the 80th minute when Geuvânio’s creative back heel allowed room for Witsel to cross the ball which was deflected into the path of Pato who tapped the ball in to level the scores. Moments later in the 84th minute the home side’s counter attack found room for Jelavić to get his shot away and he netted his fifth goal of the season and making the final score 2-1.
Henan Jianye 0 – 0 Shanghai Shenhua
The home side came into this game hoping to keep their current goof form up by making it 3 wins in 3, and created a number of good chances in the first half with Bassogog causing problems for the away side but they still failed to score. Bassogog’s skill and power continued to cause problems in the second half, however the best chance of the game fell to Martins on the 52nd minute but he failed to convert from close range.
Changchun Yatai 0 – 1 Guangzhou Evergrande
The visitors came into this game top of the league whereas as the home side were 14th and only one point above the drop zone. Changchun started very well creating some early chances, the best chance fell to former Watford striker Ighalo but he failed to score. The away side then stepped up a level and started to put more pressure on the Yatai defence but failed to convert any of their chances. At the start of the second half a Huszti free kick forced goal keeper Zeng Cheng to make a very good save to keep the scores level. On the 60 minute Ighalo created a very good chance for Tan Long but he failed to score, moments later the ball fell to Zhang Linpeng who smacked the ball with power from distance and his strike found the top corner. Then in the 79th minute a mistake at the back allowed Ighalo through for a one on one with the keeper but he failed to score again as the post denied, leaving the final score 0-1.
Jiangsu Suning 2 – 1 Shandong Luneng
Jiangsu were looking to move out of the regulation zone with a win and both sides started well. In the 26th minute the away side finally broke the deadlock when Pelle cushioned a pass back to Tardelli who struck the ball with power in to the back of the net, leaving the goalkeeper with no chance. Just before half time the home side had a really good chance to level the score when Alex Teixeira had the ball rolled perfectly into his path but the defender beat him to the ball with a fantastic tackle. In the 58th minute the scorelines were level when Ramires headed the ball into the net from a corner. The away side then got a man sent off after Wang Tong suffered a second yellow for a tackle on Martinez. Shandong Luneng had a very good chance to win the game but failed to score and then in the 92nd minute Alex Teixeria got played through and made no mistake to snatch all three points and, incredibly, Jiangsu’s first win of the season, with a last-minute goal.
Tianjin Teda 0 – 1 Shanghai SIPG
Shanghai SIPG came into this game knowing they needed a win to keep up with Guangzhou Evergrande at the top of the CSL table, and started the game better out of the two teams but did not create any clear goal scoring opportunities. In the 34th minute Lu Wenjun pulled of a great bit of skill and rolled the ball to Fu Huan who finished the move off with a nice finish, making the score 0-1. Just before half time the home side got the chance to level the score but Ideye came up short. Hulk netted for the visitors but the goal was wrongly disallowed for offside by the linesman, but SIPG had already done enough and left the north of China with all three points.