Fabio Capello hits rock-bot­tom in Chi­nese Su­per League

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SHANG­HAI: Fabio Capello’s Jiangsu Sun­ing slumped to the bot­tom of the Chi­nese Su­per League at the week­end af­ter a de­feat to a Shang­hai SIPG side miss­ing their banned star play­ers and man­ager An­dre Villas-Boas.

The Ital­ian coach was left still search­ing for his first league vic­tory since be­ing ap­pointed last month at Jiangsu, who have spent heav­ily on mid­fielder Ramires from Chelsea and at­tack­ing mid­fielder Alex Teix­eira.

They were runners-up last sea­son but hit rock-bot­tom at the week­end with the 1-0 home loss to SIPG, who closed the gap on lead­ers and reign­ing cham­pi­ons Guangzhou Ever­grande to one point.

SIPG did it with­out the sus­pended Os­car, Hulk and Wu Lei, and Villas-Boas was also ab­sent as he served the first of a two-match ban for a so­cial me­dia post protest­ing about an eight-game ban dished out to Os­car for spark­ing a brawl.

Their vic­tory, thanks to the only goal of the game by striker Elke­son, made it no wins from three games for for­mer Real Madrid boss Capello in the league.

SIPG’s win, cou­pled with Ever­grande’s 4-3 de­feat at Tian­jin Quan­jian, made it a hugely sat­is­fy­ing week­end for the club af­ter a trou­bled week of bans and sus­pen­sions for Villas-Boas and his stars.

Tian­jin Quan­jian blew the ti­tle race wide open at the half­way stage of the sea­son on Sun­day with Brazil­ian Alexan­dre Pato scor­ing for Fabio Can­navaro’s side. An­other Brazil­ian, the mid­fielder Paulinho who has been linked with a move to Barcelona, scored twice for the beaten league lead­ers.

The vic­tory for Can­navaro’s Tian­jin pro­pelled them up to fourth in the ta­ble af­ter 15 games and ended a 10-game win­ning run in the league for Luiz Felipe Sco­lari’s Ever­grande. —AFP

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