Shenzhen FC completed their second consecutive 4-1 home win over Meizhou Hakka and stretched their unbeaten run in the league to six games, in an controversial and ill tempted game.
A returning Frank Ohandza netted a hat trick as the southern Guangdong side defeated their ten men opponents from the east of the same province to move just five points off the top.
Shenzhen were comprehensive in victory and were superior throughout against one of their rivals for promotion to the Chinese Super League.
The Shenzhen opener was marred in controversy however, a long ball flicked on by Ohandza chased by his strike partner Preciado and Meizhou Hakka defender Yang Weniji resulted in Preciado shoulder barging Weniji in the back and colliding with his keeper Hou Yu.
In an strikingly similar incident between Stephen Hunt and Petr Cech, Weniji’s momentum hurtled him towards the on rushing Yu, and his right knee made contact with Yu’s head as he attempted to smoother the ball.
Play was allowed to carry on were Ohandza retrieved the ball and fired into an empty net.
In worrying scenes as Yu laid motionless, he was not given medical attention immediately and was in fact Meizhou Hakka manager Rusmir Cviko who treated Yu first. As Yu received treatment from both clubs back room staff, Meizhou Hakka players and staff protested vigorously, but unsuccessfully.
Weniji would later seek out revenge on Preciado in 72nd minute, and sacrifice his partaking in the rest of the game earning a straight red with a hideous challenge, a hack in all true meaning of the word.
As Preciado turned quickly on the half turn he was meet by a crunching high tackle around the knees.
Meizhou Hakka were in fact lucky to finish the game with ten men, just after half time Hou Liang launched himself off the ground and dived in two footed with both studs showing on Lu Haidong,Linag received a yellow card.
Shenzhen would immediately have a goal scoring chance, what could have just saved Liang.
The game in truth was already put to bed by the interval, Ohandza had netted his second the other side of the break.
Lu Haidong whipped a first post corner into the box where Ohandza out muscled Zhang Hongjiang and flicked the ball towards the far post, beating the now recovered Yu.
For the third goal Ohandza played the role of provider, picking up the ball on the left wing from 30 yards out he powered down the left beating two Meizhou Hakka defenders, got to the byline in the box and pulled it back for Preciado to score his eighth goal of the season.
The Shenzhen crowd were at this stage dancing the conga and Ohandza and Preciado combined to produce some carnival football. Preciado chested down a long goal kick, turned and passed to Ohandza, who ran at the defence. Shaping to shoot he decided to return the ball back to Preciado, who played the ball first time into the box were Ohandza slotted it home first time.
Meizhou Hakka would get their consolation goal in stoppage time, John Mary collected the ball and danced into the box eventually losing the ball, although it would ricochet back to him for him to back heal it to make it 4-1.
Up next for Shenzhen is a trip to Dalian Transcendence were they look to continue their impressive form under Lopez Caro.