Here’s your weekly wrap up of all six Shanghai football clubs from the top three men’s professional leagues and the Chinese Women’s Super League.
It was the Shanghai ladies who were in the best of form, two comprehensive wins in four days takes them into their grudge match up next with Beijing with great confidence. The League 2 sides both had 4-1 hidings that will do no favours to either club as they battle each other for survival in the division. Shenxin had their away match against Nei Mongol postponed and Moreno equalized for Shenhua with seconds of additional time remaining away to bottom CSL side and nemesis, Jiangsu Suning.
It’s not often that a Shanghai club is top of the table and SIPG had the chance to be there if they could win away to Changchun on Sunday. Their squad and coaching staff being depleted by the CFA did not help their cause as they were dominated by the home side despite their pregame favoritism.
Chinese Women’s Super League
Shanghai 3 v 0 Tianjin Huisen
Liu Jieru 6′, Yan Jinjin 17′, Xiao Yuyi 30′
Saturday 8th July, Shanghai University Baoshan Campus Stadium
Shanghai’s ladies got the weekend underway at home four days after they dominated Shandong at home amidst bizarre weather on Wednesday night. They began this match in the same fashion and a heder by Liu Jieru followed by edge of the box strikes from Yan Jinjin and Xiao Yuyi had the game finished as a contest within half an hour. Shanghai will move on to the next challenge, away to Beijing on Saturday with hopes of improving their 4th place on the table.
China League Two
Shanghai Juju Sports 1-4 Hunan Billows
Xiang Shuai 87’/ Yuan Lu 14′, 20′, Han Yi 53′, Zhang Tao 65′
Saturday 8th July, Shanghai Kangqiao Football Base
Juju Sports hosted Hunan needing points to move away from relegation contention. It was a chance completely wasted as Hunan started the match just 3 points clear of their hosts. Without a win in 9 matches, Juju Sports never looked like taking points from this one after a Yuan Lu brace after 20 minutes set the tone. Second half strikes from Han Yi and Zhang Tao sealed the match before Juju Sports’ late consolation through Xiang Shuai. Next Saturday Juju Sports travel to Chengdu to take on seventh place Qianbao who are in the middle of a five match winless streak themselves.
Jiangxi Liangsheng 4 -1 Shanghai Sunfun
Li Kai 35′, 62′, 88′, Zhao Hongxun OG 58’/ Shang Yin 72′
Saturday 8th July, Jiujiang Stadium
Sunfun completed the horror Saturday for Shanghai’s League 2 sides, replicating their cross town rivals’ 4-1 defeat but away to promotion chasing Jiangxi Liansheng. A Li Kai hatrick was more than enough to win the match, adding an own goal by Sunfun’s Zhao Hongxun just before the hour mark. Shang Yin’s second half consolation coming too late to force a contest. It is unlikely to get any better for Sunfun this Saturday as they host Sichuan Annapurna who are second in the league only on goal difference. Sunfun’s attention will firmly be on the 22nd July derby and relegation battle with Shanghai Juju Sports.
China League One
Nei Mongol v Shanghai Shenxin
POSTPONED. Will be played on the last weekend in July.
Shanghai Shenxin currently sit seventh after having lost their past 3 matches. They will host Hangzhou Greentown this Saturday who have not won in ten matches, including a CFA cup loss to Shenxin on penalties in the most recent round.
Chinese Super league
Jiangsu Suning 2 v 2 Shanghai Shenhua
Wu Xi 2′, Teixiera 32′ Pen/ Moreno 82′ 94′
Saturday 8th July, Nanjing Olympic Stadium
This Yangtze derby was played on an atrocious pitch and it was the scene of a horror start for Shenhua. This was particularly true for Li Shuai, who flapped at a cross in the second minute allowing Wu Xi to head home and Jiangsu into the lead. A clumsy Kim challenge doubled meant a goal two lead for Jiangsu when Teixiera despatched the resulting penalty.
There was a lifeline thrown by captain Gio Moreno when he scored an 82nd minute header to give some hope to the Shenhua faithful. With only seconds remaining in additional time, Moreno popped up again with his head and cooly placed it into the net for the latest of equalizers.
Shenhua finished the round in 9th and face a tough away trip to fourth placed Tianjin Quanjian on Sunday evening. It will be a test for Shenhua who will need full points here to even dream of an assault on the Asian Champion’s League places.
Changchun Yatai 4 v 2 Shanghai International Port Group
Huszti 20′ Pen, Jiang Zhe 27′, Tan Long 29′, Ighalo 58’/ Zhang Xioafei OG 53′, Li Shenglong 66′
Sunday 9th July, Development Area Stadium, Changchun
An away win in Changchun was all that was needed for SIPG to take top spot in the CSL after a faltering Guangzhou Evergrande left the door open by losing to Beijing Guoan on Saturday.
SIPG were still without the suspended Wu Lei, Fu Huan, Hulk, Oscar and even their manager, Andre Villas-Boas due to overzealous CFA rulings. These seem to take their toll on the side and they never looked like they were in the contest. Changchun were on top throughout and went ahead early after a Huszti penalty was converted after a challenge by Ahkmedov brought down Ighalo. Not even 10 minutes later, Changchun had made it three without reply after quickfire goals by Jiang Zhe and Tan Long.
It wasn’t until after the break that SIPG were on the board when a chaotic moment in the box had the ball bouncing off the body of a defender after a botched attempt to clear by the keeper. Immediately after, Changchun restored their 3 goal cushion and then Li Shenglong rounded out the scoring with another consolation via keeper howler after 66 minutes.
SIPG struggled without their marquee players and will welcome Wu Lei and Huk’s back after their suspensions due to fashion crimes are over in time for Saturday’s visit to bottom placed Yanbian. That result should be a mere formality and could see them go top should Shandong take any points away to Evergrande.