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Guangzhou Evergrande go three points clear as CSL enters final third – weekly review

A fairly routine week in the Chinese Super League. The title race got slightly less interesting as Evergrande went three points clear as Yanbian drift further into the abyss. There were fun and games off the pitch as SIPG took on Quanjin, but not on it, Beijing Guoan began life without Burak Yilmaz, and Guangzhou R&F continued their winning ways. Read on for the low down on the week’s results.

Shanghai Shenhua 1 – 1 Changchun Yatai

Shenhua’s up and down season continued with a poor performance against a weak Changchun side. Home coach Gus Poyet rested several key players to ease the effect of fixture congestion and Shenhua’s involvement in the CFA cup, but the men in blue almost paid the price. It took a very late equalizer from Korean Kim Kee-hee to avoid defeat.

Jiangsu Suning 2 – 2 Henan Jianye

Alex Texieira was on the scoresheet as Fabio Capello continued to slowly pull his under-achieving side away from the relegation spots. They failed however to leapfrog Henan in the table by not winning this match.

Guangzhou Evergrande 3 – 0 Tianjin Teda

The league leaders finally get back to their winning ways after a difficult run with only their second win in their last six CSL games. They had to wait until the 81st minute when Gao Lin finally broke the deadlock before two more late goals made the result look a lot more comfortable than it really was.

Hebei CFFC 3 – 0 Yanbian Funde

In the battle between the sides with the worst form in the CSL – both sides had lost their previous four games on the trot, Hebei came out winners against a dreadful Yanbian side who look favourites to return to the CL1. It took an Aloisio penalty in the first half and then two very late goals from Lavezzi and Aloisio again to seal the victory however.

Guizhou Zhicheng 1 – 0 Chongqing Lifan

Ruben Castro was the only scorer in this mid-table clash as Chongqing lost for the second week in a row after a decent run for the side which is normally at the wrong end of the table.

Beijing Guoan 2 – 2 Shandong Luneng

An absolutely stunning goal of world class quality from Graziano Pelle was the highlight of this clash between two old CSL giants, as Guoan’s recent winning run came to a halt.

Guangzhou R&F 4 – 1 Liaoning Hongyun

The blue side of Guangzhou continued an amazing turnaround since painting their stadium gold as in form Israeli striker Eran Zahavi got on the scoresheet once again.

Shanghai SIPG 0 – 0 Tianjin Quanjian

These two sides met during midweek in the cup which saw SIPG overturn a 3-0 deficit from the first leg to win 4-3. This tie lacked excitement on the pitch, but in a bizarre series of exchanges which saw SIPG staff object to Tianjian’s bench laying towels on the sidelines for their players to dry the ball with, there were several scuffles between players, both benches, ball boys and even between fans outside after the game. In the thick of the action was SIPG physio Paulo Araujo who gesticulated towards the Tianjin bench with a “4-3” hand gesture reminding them of the outcome of in their previous encounter just days before.

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