CHINA LEAGUE TWO
Shanghai Juju Sports 1
Jiangxi Liangsheng 2
A highly fancied Jiangxi side arrived in Pudong looking to cement their position in the top 4 of their group. They suffered an early set back as Juju Sports’ forward Wang Fei stripped a defender of the ball with a fine sliding challenge.
Wang was the first to react and after holding off the approach of two defenders he poked the ball past Jiangxi’s ‘keeper, Zhang Xunwei at the far post.
With half time approaching after a fairly uneventful 45, Jiangxi lost Cao Huan who was taken away in an ambulance after being on the wrong end of a Juju Sports’ high foot in midfield.
Jiangxi would have gone into the break ruing their moment of carelessness in defence and also lack of genuine penetration at the other end.
They returned for the second stanza with a quick goal by Yan Xinyu to restore the balance.
Brought to life after the equalizer, Juju Sports showed more determination, moving the ball quickly to Wang Fei and Yan Xinyu who combined dangerously on the left.
Wang Fei, Juju’s most dangerous, then turned his 2 markers and bust into the box before being pulled down for a penalty.
Captain and former Shenhua man Shen Longyuan took the resulting spot kick but had it saved by Zhang Xunwei who guessed correctly and dived low and to his right.
After spurning the chance to take the lead, Juju were passengers as Jiangxi took over, to the delight of their 10 or so boisterous travelling fans.
Jiangxi then dominated the final 30 minutes with scrappy clearances and some fine saves from Chen Nancun were needed to keep the scores level.
The eventual and deserved breakthrough came when the ball bobbled to Huang Jiaqiang, who hit a shot from outside of the box into the crowd of bodies and a deflection left Chen helpless to stop the ball before it hit the back of his net.
With that win, Jiangxi move into 3rd and Juju Sports continue to struggle, their derby win their only 3 points so far this season
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