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CSL Week 17: Shanghai SIPG and Guangzhou Evergrande back to winning ways at top

All the action from this weekends Chinese Super League…

Tianjin Teda 1–1 Jiangsu Suning

Tianjin Teda got off to a bright start when Mbaye Diagne had a shot blocked and Yang Liyu was put through on goal with a defense splitting pass. However his finish was easily saved by Gu Chao. For the visitors, Alex Teixeira had a header saved by Teda goalkeeper Yang Qipeng.

Just after half time, Teda should have taken the lead after Nemanja Gudelj’s shot was parried by Gu and the rebound fell to Diagne who put it wide of Jiangsu’s goal.

Moments later, Gudelj was brought down by Jiangsu defender Gao Tianyi and Teda were awarded a penalty but Diagne blasted the spot-kick over the bar to waste another opportunity for Teda.

However, Teda took the lead a couple of minutes later through captain Cao Yang, who headed home Gudelj’s free kick past Gu to reward the home side with a deserved lead.

Ji Xiang went close to bring the visitors level when his shot was tipped over the bar by Yang to deny Jiangsu an equalizer. Teda came close to doubling their lead when Li Yuanyi’s shot going narrowly wide after it caught a deflection.

Teda were left to rue their missed opportunities when Jiangsu grabbed a stoppage time equalizer through Roger Martinez after he collected Gao Di’s through pass and chipped the ball past Yang to deal a point for the visitors who remained second from bottom.

Yanbian Funde 1-3 Shanghai SIPG   

Yanbian Funde started the match well when Piao Shihao hit the crossbar to deny the home the lead after collecting Il-Soo Hwang’s cutback cross.

Moments later, Shanghai SIPG took the lead through Elkeson who placed his left footed finish past Chi Wenyi to give the visitors the lead.

Yanbian were unlucky not to get an equalizer before half time with Bubacarr Trawally and Hwang missing opportunities for the home side. Hulk almost caught the Chi off his line to double SIPG’s lead by shooting from inside his own half but his effort went over the bar.

In the second half, Hwang had a low shot easily saved by Yan in the SIPG goal and both teams had claims for penalties that were dismissed, when Trawally was brought down for Yanbian and later when Odil Akhmedov’s shot was blocked by what looked like a Yanbian defender’s hand.

SIPG doubled their advantage after Elkeson returned the favor to Wu Lei who set up him up for the 1st goal. The Brazilian put Wu through and who placed his chipped finish past Chi in the Yanbian goal to give SIPG a two goal advantage much to the delight of Andre Villas Boas.

Yanbian pegged the score back to 2-1 after Hwang connected with Trawally’s low cutback to give the home side hope. However, in stoppage time, Hulk ensured the visitors would be taking all three points back to Shanghai when he placed a spectacular and nonchalant finish past Chi.

This win consolidated SIPG’s 2nd place in the table.

Beijing Guoan 2-0 Guizhou Zhicheng   

Raif had his long range shot hit the post and Jonatan Soriano put his header just wide of goal after connecting with Jin Pengxiang’s cross to deny Beijing Guoan the lead early on.

Soriano was brought down in the penalty area by Guizhou Zhicheng goalkeeper Su Boyang and the home side were awarded a penalty. The Spaniard took the penalty and deceived Su by sending him the wrong way to give Guoan a 1-0 lead.

In the second half, Tjarron Chery of Guizhou had his long range shot saved by Yang Zhi. In the 57th minute, Guoan doubled their lead after Soriano cut the ball back to substitute Zhang Chiming who had his shot fumbled into the net by Su who should have done better and kept it out.

Zhang almost got his 2nd goal of the game and Guoan’s 3rd goal of the match but his header went over the bar. The victory gave Guoan back to back home wins.

Liaoning Whowin 1-2 Henan Jianye   

In the 3rd minute, Anthony Ujah had his shot saved by Wu Yan from point blank range before Yang Yu managed to give Liaoning Whowin the lead after heading home Olivier Boumale’s cross.

Henan Jianye got a penalty after Liu Shangkun blocked Christian Bassogog’s shot unlawfully with his hand but the Cameroon international put his spot-kick wide of the goal to deny the visitors an equalizer.

In the second half, Henan equalized with a well-placed free kick from Borek Dockal beating Liaoning goalkeeper Shi Xiaotian for his 1st goal of the season.

Henan went close to taking the lead after Hu Jinghang rounded Shi after being set up by Feng Zhuoyi, but Hu blasted his shot over the bar.

In stoppage time, Henan stole the three points when Dockal was put through by Bassogog and placed a low finish past Shi to slide Liaoning further into the dangerzone.

Hebei CFFC 1-2 Chongqing Dangdai Lifan  

Alan Kardec almost gave the visitors an early lead with a diving header that was saved by Yang Cheng before he took advantage of another opportunity to give Chongqing Lifan the lead – a leaping header from with Wu Qing’s cross opened the scoring.

In the 2nd half, Chongqing doubled their lead when they caught Hebei China Fortune on the break and Fernandinho connected with Ding Je’s through ball and placed his low left footed finish past Yang in the Hebei goal.

Hebei came close to getting a goal back after Ezequiel Lavezzi’s cross was met by Chongqing defender Liu Huan which hit the post.

Hebei were awarded a penalty minutes later after Ding Haifeng’s cross was handled in the area by Chen Li, giving Hebei an opportunity to get back into the match. Lavezzi calmly sent Deng Xiaofei the wrong way to bring Hebei back into the match. However, the visitors held on to grab their 3rd away win in a row and extend Hebei’s poor run of form.

Guangzhou Evergrande 2-1 Shandong Luneng   

In the 2nd minute, Graziano Pelle had his long range effort go just over the bar for Shandong Luneng.

Gao Lin had his shot easily saved by Wang Dalei before Ricardo Goulart headed in Huang Bowen’s corner kick to give Guangzhou Evergrande the lead.

In the second half Goulart almost doubled Evergrande’s lead after connecting with Feng Xiaoting’s cross but Goulart placed his finish in the side netting.

From Evergrande almost doubling their lead, Shandong peg them back to level terms after Pelle headed home Jin Jingdao’s cross past Zeng Cheng to make the score 1-1.

Diego Tardelli almost gave the visitors the lead but Tardelli miskicked his shot and Zeng easily collected the ball.

Yu Hanchao should have put the home side back in the lead after connecting with Paulinho’s neat flick on put Yu one on one in front of goal but his shot hit the post to deny Evergrande the advantage.

However, Evergrande were not to be denied a 2nd goal for long when they regained the lead through a counter attack from Shandong’s corner kick where Zheng Long and Goulart combined to set up substitute Zou Zheng who placed his low finish past Wang much to the pleasure of Evergrande manager Luis Felipe Scolari.

The win kept Evergrande in pole position in the league standings and this result provided a confidence boost after a run of back-to back defeats.

Changchun Yatai 3-2 Guangzhou R&F   

The visitors took the lead in the 20th minute after Ye Chugui connected with Eran Zahavi’s through ball and placed his finish past Wu Yake in the Changchun goal.

Guangzhou R&F came close to doubling their lead after Zahavi’s shot hit the upright and Jiang Zhipeng had his free kick well saved by Wu just before half time.

In the second half, Changchun Yatai went close to scoring through Tan Long before getting an equalizer through Odion Ighalo, who was set up by Tan to make the score 1-1.

Ighalo had another goal disallowed for handball and another effort saved by Cheng Yuelei before Zhang Li was brought down in the penalty area. The referee pointed to the spot without hesitation.

However, Szabolcs Huszti failed to convert the spot-kick which was well saved by Cheng to keep the score 1-1. Changchun did eventually turn their domination in the second half into another goal thanks to Du Zhenyu’s thunderous shot from outside the area beating Cheng to make the score 2-1 to the home side.

R&F grabbed an equalizer through Xiao Zhi who was set up by Tang Miao before placing the ball into an empty net to make the score 2-2. However, the winning goal went to Changchun who grabbed a late effort after Fan Xiaodong kept the ball in play before crossing for Ighalo to head home emphatically and give Changchun the 3 points.

Tianjin Quanjian 3-0 Shanghai Shenhua

Tianjin Quanjian started the match well with a couple of early chances before Zhao Xuri opened the scoring with a well-placed header, beating Li Shuai to give the home side the lead.

Shanghai Shenhua almost equalized with Carlos Tevez’s long range shot saved by Zhang Lu.

Zhao doubled his goal tally for the match and Quanjian’s lead after connecting with Sun Ke’s low cutback to place his finish past Li and make the score 2-0.

Alexandre Pato almost made it 3-0 to Quanjian before half time his long range curling shot hitting the crossbar and having a header that was well saved by Li in the Shenhua goal.

Looking at this performance so far Quanjian’s recent form, new signing Anthony Modeste, looking on from the stands, surely would have thought he will have his work cut out getting into the team.

In the second half, Pato did get his goal to make the score 3-0 to Quanjian with another long range speculative shot beating Li to extend Quanjian lead.

That goal seemed to have woken up Shenhua who had numerous chances to get into the match through Tevez, Giovanni Moreno and Mao Jianqing but Shenhua couldn’t capitalize on their chances.

Wang Yongpo almost caught Li off his line by shooting from long range but Li got back to his goal line on time and tipped Wang’s effort over the bar.

Wang Xiaolong had another attempt to make the score 4-0 but his close range shot was tipped over by Li.

The match ended 3-0 to Quanjian, taking them up to 3rd place in the league. Shenhua will feel disappointed with a poor performance and surely be questioning themselves about why they only managed to produce their best football once they were 3-0 down.

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