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Changchun Yatai turn a corner with Shijiazhuang victory

Changchun Yatai secured back-to-back victories for the first time in China League One this season, overcoming Shijiazhuang Ever Bright 3-2 at home.

The home side looked to be heading for disappointment early on with former Changchun striker Marcelo Moreno netting after just 11 minutes.

But Chen Jingang’s half-time team talk must have worked, with his side scoring three goals in a 20-minute period to put the game firmly back in their hands.

Two goals from Dutch striker Richairo Zivkovic helped Changchun Yatai take and extend the lead after Peng Ren tied things up after 54 minutes.

Zivkovic now has five goals over the past two games, giving the North Eastern club their first back-to-back victories of the season.

With three points secured, Changchun now climb up into sixth place in China League One – sitting just three points behind second-placed Guangdong Southern Tigers, and just one point behind Shijiazhuang.

Changchun fans will be delighted to see the team begin to turn a corner, with three consecutive victories in all competitions helping to provide some stability to the team.

The improved performances from Zivkovic will undoubtedly please all of those involved with the club, with the 22-year-old Dutchman now having six goals in five league appearances.

Prior to the start of the season, Changchun Yatai were favourites to secure promotion back into the Chinese Super League at the first time of asking.

If the team is able to secure another victory against ‘local’ rivals Liaoning next Saturday, then it will surely signal a true turn in fortunes for the club and could see the team begin to show their true quality.

The summer transfer window could still see Chen Jingang dip into the market, potentially looking to bring in a player on loan from a CSL club but, for the time being, the players in his squad now look to finally be gelling.

More results such as this will please the fan base and could help the players kick on and make a real challenge for promotion – which now looks to be a realistic target once again.

James Reeve is a British sports writer and the correspondent on Changchun Yatai for Wild East Football. James has followed the club since 2012, living in the North-Eastern city between August 2013 and March 2018 and being a season ticket holder for the 2015 season.

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