A goal fest in Shanghai saw the home side send Hebei to the bottom of the CWSL.
CHINESE WOMEN’S SUPER LEAGUE
Shanghai Yung Park Changyuan 4
Zhu Beiyan 27′, 48′
Tang Jiali 41′
Zhang Xin 65′
Hebei China Fortune 2
Zang Wei 21′ Pen
Shen Lili 64′
Hebei China Fortune hadn’t won against Shanghai in the top division of Chinese Women’s football since for several seasons and naturally the Shanghai side went in to this clash at their Baoshan Campus home as heavy favourites. Despite both sides remaining winless after the opening two rounds, Shanghai Yung Park Changyuan showed the worth of favouritism, dominating the opening stages.
In these early passages, Shanghai formed two great chances through Tang Jiali’s narrow miss from a first time strike and Xiao Yu Yi’s shot from a tight angle which Zhang Jie Nan saved onto the post and out.
Hebei rarely threatened and when they did, left winger Zang Wei was often caught offside. After 20 minutes though, they were gifted a chance after a clumsy handball. Hebei’s captain, Liu Shan Shan put the resulting penalty just out of reach of national team goalkeeper Zhao Lina and give the visitors a shock lead.
Shanghai reacted, applying immediate pressure to Hebei’s defence. They were rewarded when Zhang Xin made a great run up the right wing and crossed for Zhu Beiyan to sweetly strike the equalizer after 25 minutes.
Zang Wei would remain dangerous and seemingly Hebei’s priority moving forward and soon pushed into the box only to be denied from point blank range by Zhao Lina. Soon after though, Hebei would find themselves regretting that missed chance as Tang Jiali struck for Shanghai just before the break with a tidy strike which nestled into the side netting.
Straight after the break Shanghai extended their league after bursting through a Hebei defense that was yet to settle. Shanghai pushed forward with purpose from kick off and after some delicate touches across the box, Zhu Beiyan was able to tap into an open net at the far post.
Hebei lifted as they looked to stay in touch with their hosts. Crosses flew in from both wings but were well dealt with by the Shanghai centreback pairing of Huang Yi Ni and Li Jiayue. Liu Shan Shan, was controlling the pace of the game well and also disrupting Shanghai’s forward forays during this period.
Hebei made it 3-2 just after the hour mark with some slick play through midfield, eventually breaking along the byline and finished in style with a side on scissor-kick volley by Shen Lili.
It was just rewards for Hebei’s work during this period but it was all undone within 60 seconds. Immediately Shanghai restored the two goal buffer with a tidy finish from Zhang Xin at the edge of the box.
The quick response from Shanghai took the wind out of the Hebei fightback and the intensity of the match and the pressing dropped significantly. Only a flurry of Shanghai attacks thwarted by scrambling defenders and Zhang Jie Nan stopped Shanghai extending their lead after 80 mins in a goalmouth scramble. It was comfortable enough in the end for Shanghai to take full points from the Hebei side who had run out of steam.
Shanghai’s maiden victory takes them 4th and sends the still winless visitors to the bottom of the Chinese Womens Super League with their solitary point.
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