Shenzhen FC consigned Shijiazhuang Everbright to their first defeat of the China League One season with a devastating second half three goal blitz in 16 minutes.
Colombian striker Preciado scored all four as Shenzhen completed a comfortable 4-1 win, including a sensational strike from 25 yards to continue the home side’s unbeaten start under newly appointed manager Juan Ramon Lopez Caro.
Shijiazhuang Ever Bright who seldom threatened all game had equalized with the last kick of the first half, and had started the second stronger of the two, but the game was turned on it’s head in the 49th minute.
Shenzhen’s Cameroon striker Aboubakar Oumarou was brought down in the box by a challenge by Jiao Zhe resulting in the referee pointing to the spot. Ever Bright defenders were incensed at the decision, and replays confirmed they had a right to be.
Oumarou picked up a loose ball deep in his own half, rode a sliding challenge from Wang Zihao on the halfway line and drove towards the Ever Bright box. Forced wide it seemed his chance to shoot had vanquished, but now with his back to goal he produced a sublime piece of skill, a Cryuff turn sending Lu Jianjun the wrong way. Running into the box he was sandwiched by Jiao Zhe and Lu Jianjun, and fell just inside under Jiao Zhe’s forceful challenge, but replay’s clearly showed he won the ball.
Preciado stepped up and rifled the ball powerfully in the bottom right hand corner to make it 2-1.
Moments later it is was 3-1, Everbright’s striker Alen Melunovic failed to chest down a throw in on the half way line, and the ball was pinched to Ye Chugui who played it on to Preciado. Back to goal and 25 yards out, Preciado swivelled with his first touch, set himself with his second as both Everbright defenders decided to both drop off, leaving him in a vacuum of space to bend a superb shot which clipped of the bar and in.
The fourth goal for Shenzhen always looked like it would arrive, and it did in the 67th minute. Good work on the wing by the ever impressive Ye Chugui, as Ever Bright’s Zhong Jiyu got the wrong side of him and pulled him down. The resulting free kick was pulled back to Zhang Yuan who fired a low hard shot hitting the post. The ball found itself to Ye Chugui in the box who squared it to Preciado to tap in for his and Shenzhen’s fourth to complete the rout.
The two seem to have a wonderful understanding for each other at the moment, and they combined to break the dead lock in the first half. Preciado receiving the ball on the edge of the area, laid it off to Ye Chugui while continuing his run into the box. Ye Chugui completed the one two by finding the striker with a delicate and precise cross which was headed home by Preciado.
Shijiazhuang had every right to feel aggrieved at the penalty decision, which did alter the state of the game, but in truth they were poor. They offered little in terms goal threat, and their equalizer was somewhat fortuitous. Guo Sheng received a long ball on the wing and ran in the box forcing a block from Qiao Wei. The ball fell to Wu Haoran on the edge of the box who smashed it back towards goal and hit the still grounded Sheng, deflecting the ball into the net.
Shenzhen were worthy winners here, and the future at the moment looks promising under former Real Madrid coach Juan Ramon Lopez Caro, and the front three of Preciado, Oumarou and Ye Chugui.