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Evergrande move four points clear as SIPG drop points: CSL round-up

Guizhou Zhicheng 0-2 Guangzhou Evergrande

Guizhou dominated the early play where Tjarron Chery had a free kick saved and Nikica Jelavic had a goal disallowed for offside that looked marginally onside. However, the league leaders and visitors Guangzhou Evergrande capitalised on Guizhou’s misfortune and opened the scoring with a close-range goal from their Captain Gao Lin. Gao Lin was then taken off just before half time due to a collision with Guizhou’s captain Festus Baise.

The second half started in similar fashion to the first where Baise had a header saved by the goalkeeper for the home team and were then were awarded a penalty in the 56th Minute. Jelavic’s penalty was saved by the goalkeeper which proved to be the turning point in the match and in the 70th minute Guangzhou Evergrande took advantage of Guizhou’s wasteful finishing with a clinically taken goal by their top goalscorer Ricardo Goulart. Goulart’s 10th goal of the season ensured Guizhou Zhicheng’s 4 match unbeaten run came to an end.

Hebei CFFC 1-0 Tianjin Quanjian

Third in the league Hebei China Fortune started off brightly against Fabio Cannavaro’s Tianjin Quanjian with Aloisio going close for the home side. The best chance of the 1st half fell to Alexandre Pato who beat the defender before lashing the ball wide of the goal. Ezequiel Lavezzi had a free kick well saved by Zhang Lu just before the interval.

In the 2nd half, Tianjin Quanjian dominate the early stages of the half with Pato having numerous chances to score the opening goal and even the post as well as Zhao Xui blasting the ball over the bar. However, Tianjin Quanjian were to rue their missed chances as Stephane M’bia headed home a Lavezzi free kick to give Hebei China Fortune the lead. It is the Cameroon international’s 2nd goal of the season and ensured Manuel Pellegrini’s men consolidated their position in 3rd place.

Henan Jianye 3-1 Yanbian Funde

New manager Yasen Petrov got off to a winning start with his new team Henan Jianye. A cross from the right flank put Zhong Jinbao through on goal and his shot hit the defender and ricocheted off the post before rebounding to Jinbao who knocked the ball home to give the home side an early lead. The away side grew further into the game in the 1st half and had a couple of chances to get level.

In the 2nd half, Henan Jianye doubled their lead thanks to an own goal from Jim Hongyu who miskicked his clearance and the ball trickeled into an empty net which doubled Henan’s lead and ended their four-match losing streak. Henan added further to their tally after a fantastic through ball from Borek Dockal led to Javier Patino’s cool finish past Chi Wenyi. It was the Philippines international 1st goal of the season and ensured Henan got the 3 points. Yanbian Funde ended the game with a consolation goal from Bit- Garam Yoon who tapped into an empty net after being set up by Chi Zhongguo. This result leaves Yanbian at the foot of the table and lifted Henan to 13th position in the league.

Shanghai Shenua 2-2 Chongqing Dangdai Lifan

The away team opened the scoring in the 7th minute through an out swinging corner that was knocked down by Alan Kardec and knocked in from close range by midfielder Peng Xinli with his second goal of the season. Chongqing Dandai Lifun continued their dominance with Xinli having a shot that was easily saved by Li Shuai. Shenua then equalised thanks to Cao Yunding volleying home from close range a Carlos Tevez cross to level the scores. Chongqing restored their lead in the 43rd minute with a well taken header from Kardec for his second goal of the season with a cross from Nan Song just before the interval.

Shenua tried to get back into the game in the 2nd half where Tevez’s thunderous shot beat the goalkeeper but not the crossbar to keep Shenua at bay. However, Shenhua were not to be denied where they got a well-deserved equaliser with Yunding’s inviting cross headed home by Mao Jianqing to make the score 2-2. Shenua tried to push for the winner but to no avail and both teams shared the spoils in a pulsating match.

Guangzhou R&F 1-1 Shanghai SIPG

On a rainy evening in Guangzhou, Eran Zahavi netted his 10th goal of the season to keep up in the scoring charts with a speculative effort which Yan Junling should have done better with. From a counter attack just before half time, Shanghai SIPG equalised with Hulk’s cool finish from Oscar’s pass. Minutes later, a mass brawl sparked by Oscar took place between both sides resulting in both sides going down to 10 men with Li Tixiang being sent off for Guangzhou R&F and Fu Huan being sent off for Shanghai SIPG.

In the 2nd half, Zavahi, comes close to getting his 2nd goal of the game with an overhead kick that is easily saved by Yan Junling and again being thwarted by the keeper towards the end of the game. Lu Lin hits the post with a long-range effort as well. A point in the end does not do either of these sides any favours although Guangzhou R&F can feel hard done by not getting the three points.

Liaoning Kaixin 0-3 Shandong Luneng

Anthony Ujah’s shot hit the crossbar early on for the home side after being set up by Yang Yi’s low cross. However, the visitors took the lead through Papiss Cisse in the 19th minute after heading home Dai Lin’s cross for his 5th goal of the season. The visitors doubled their lead through Diego Tardelli after finishing off a 1-2 with Wu Xinghan and finished with a low left foot finish through the legs of goalkeeper Shi Xiaotian. James Chamanga then went close to bring Liaoning Kaixin back into the game with his shot hitting the post after rounding the goalkeeper. Cisse came close to doubling his tally for the match after a 1-2 with Tardelli but his header is easily caught by Xiaotian and Tardelli has a long range effort saved by Xiaotian to keep the scoreline at 2-0.

In the 2nd half Tardelli scores his 2nd goal of the game and his 8th goal of the season after converting Wu Xinghan’s low cross. Shandong Luneng came close to adding to their lead with more opportunities falling to the dynamic duo Cisse and Tardelli. Shandong thoroughly deserved the win and they consolidate their position in 4th place in the league.

Jiangsu Suning 0-1 Changchun Yatai

Fabio Capello’s first match in charge at Jiangsu Suning ended in defeat. Yang Boyu scores an own goal after heading in Szabolcs Hustzi’s in swinging corner giving Changchun Yatai the lead. Jiangsu Suning could have also gone down to 10 men with Zhou Yun committing a dangerous tackle on Hustzi. Jiangsu Suning dominated the rest of the play with Roger Martinez and Wang Sang having opportunities to bring Jiangsu Suning back into the game just before half time.

Jiangsu Suning continued their dominance in the 2nd half. However, Jiangsu get caught on the break and Odon Ighalo who should have doubled the visitor’s lead with the option to square the ball to his team mate Tan Long. Jiangsu Suning then hit the woodwork with Wu Xi’s header almost netting the struggling home side a much-deserved equaliser. Ighalo then had another chance to double Changchun’s lead but his effort was saved by the goalkeeper.

Beijing Guoan 2-0 Tianjin Teda

Tianjin Teda dominated the early play and come close with a couple of efforts early on. However, the home side took the lead in the 30th minute thanks to Li Lei’s cross being converted with an emphatic header from Burak Yilmaz for his 8th goal of the season. Just before half time, Mirahmetjam Muzepper received his marching orders with a second yellow card due to an off the ball incident.

Beijing Guoan made the most of their dominance in the second half when Renato Augusto converted Ba Dun’s cross to give his side a two-goal advantage. Thanks to good goalkeeping and wasteful finishing, the score would finish 2-0.

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