Sven shrugs off Shang­hai penalty row

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

SHANG­HAI—Sven-Go­ran Eriks­son shrugged off a penalty de­ci­sion which sparked fu­ri­ous scenes as Shang­hai SIPG slipped fur­ther be­hind in the Chi­nese ti­tle race with a 2-1 de­feat to bigspend­ing Jiangsu Sun­ing.

Eriks­son pre­ferred not to dwell on the cru­cial mo­ment in the sec­ond half, when Yu Hai was harshly pe­nalised for a tackle on Alex Teix­eira with the scores at 1-1.

For­mer Manch­ester City striker Jo net­ted the win­ner from the spot, af­ter SIPG’s Asamoah Gyan had can­celled out ex-Chelsea man Ramires’s 20th-minute opener.

At the fi­nal whis­tle, in­censed SIPG play­ers sur­rounded and pushed the ref­eree, who showed a red card to mid­fielder Lu Wen­jun.

“We played much bet­ter foot­ball and on the pitch we were the bet­ter team, but we lost— that’s foot­ball,” said the Swede, adding that he didn’t see the penalty in­ci­dent clearly.

“If I am sit­ting here and protest­ing, then it’s stupid and I have lost twice, and I lost once al­ready to­day,” Eriks­son said.

“The ref­eree said no penalty, and that’s OK.”

The match was Jiangsu’s first un­der care­taker boss Tang Jing af­ter the mon­ey­bags club sacked Dan Petrescu ear­lier this month.

Jiangsu, whose own­ers, re­tail group Sun­ing, an­nounced a takeover of Italy’s In­ter Mi­lan last week, stay third in the Chi­nese Su­per League, four points clear of SIPG.

Brazilian for­ward Ramires, who cost 28 mil­lion eu­ros ($32 mil­lion) from Chelsea in Jan­uary, opened the scor­ing for Jiangsu in the 20th minute.

For­mer Sun­der­land striker Gyan equalised in the 62nd minute in front of 32,426 fans at Shang­hai Sta­dium, be­fore Jo’s penalty four min­utes later.

Jiangsu now lie just one point be­hind He­bei China For­tune—the club of for­mer Paris Sain­tGer­main for­ward Eze­quiel Lavezzi—who beat Shan­dong Luneng 2-1 at home.

Luiz Felipe Sco­lari’s Guangzhou Ever­grande were held 0-0 at home by un­fash­ion­able Shi­ji­azhuang Ever­bright, but they re­main top of the league with a three-point cush­ion over He­bei.—AFP

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