Tian­jin ends Ever­grande run

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

Guangzhou Ever­grande’s lead at the sum­mit of the Chi­nese Su­per League was trimmed to one point after its 10-match win streak ended with a 4-3 loss to Fabio Can­navaro’s Tian­jin Quan­jian on Sun­day.

Wang Yongpo scored one from the penalty spot and set up two more as Ever­grande fell to its first league de­feat since early March — a day after Shang­hai SIPG beat Jiangsu Sun­ing to move to within a point of the six-time champion as the sched­ule hit the halfway stage.

“Tian­jin took its chances and won,” said Guangzhou coach Luiz Felipe Sco­lari. “Play­ers are not ma­chines, so they will have ups and downs.

“To­day our loss was due to our own prob­lems, is­sues with set-pieces and oth­ers is­sues. It’s nor­mal. The league is a long cam­paign and noth­ing will be de­cided in just one match. We will get back on track.”

China in­ter­na­tional Yu Han­chao gave Guangzhou the lead seven min­utes be­fore the break, but head­ers by Sun Ke and Kwon Kyung-won put Tian­jin in front be­fore Alexan­dre Pato claimed his first goal in the 68th minute.

Paulinho pulled one back for Guangzhou be­fore Wang Yongpo’s penalty re­stored the two-goal cush­ion.

SIPG had claimed a 1-0 win 24 hours ear­lier de­spite the loss through sus­pen­sion of Os­car, Hulk and China in­ter­na­tional Wu Lei, as well as man­ager An­dre Vil­las-Boas, after a se­ries of sanc­tions handed down by the Chi­nese Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion.

Ri­cardo Car­valho made his de­but for the club after sign­ing in March and a goal from Brazil­ian striker Elke­son was enough to give SIPG vic­tory over Fabio Capello’s side, which is now last in the stand­ings.

Yan­bian Fude va­cated the cel­lar by de­feat­ing Guizhou Zhicheng 2-1, thanks to Tian Yi­nong’s win­ner with eight min­utes re­main­ing.

He­bei China For­tune re­mains in third spot fol­low­ing its 0-0 draw with fourth-place Shan­dong Luneng.

An Eran Za­havi brace couldn’t pre­vent Guangzhou R&F slump­ing to a 4-3 loss to Chongqing Li­fan. Is­raeli at­tacker Za­havi tops the scor­ing chart with 12 goals.

Mean­while, Bei­jing Guoan’s strug­gles con­tin­ued with a 2-1 loss to Changchun Yatai. He­nan Jianye and Tian­jin Teda shared a score­less draw, while Shang­hai Shen­hua notched the big­gest win of the sea­son so far as Gus Poyet’s team thrashed Liaon­ing Whowin 8-1.

Shen­hua mid­fielder Fredy Guarin cel­e­brated the sign­ing of a new con­tract by scor­ing twice. The Colom­bian was joined on the score­sheet by Obafemi Martins and Gio­vani Moreno, who both scored twice, as Shen­hua claimed back-to-back wins in the league for the first time since April.

“I want to give full marks to my team and the staff for such a big win,” said Poyet.

“We want to ded­i­cate this game to our fans. I can’t find a sin­gle word good enough to ex­press my ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

“Be­fore the game I had a good feel­ing, but I didn’t ex­pect such a big score­line.”

YUE YUEWEI / XIN­HUA

Tian­jin Quan­jian goal­keeper Zhang Lu pulls off a spec­tac­u­lar save dur­ing his team’s 4-3 Chi­nese Su­per League win over Guangzhou Ever­grande in Tian­jin on Sun­day.

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