Monday, August 30, 2010

Beijing Guoan struggle to keep Championship dreams alive

Beijing Guoan have missed a golden opportunity to close the gap on league leader Shandong Luneng, surprisingly drawing 0-0 with bottom of the ladder Qingdao Jonoon in the Chinese Super League.

Beijing went into the game sitting in third spot and trailing Shandong by 9 points with just 10 games remaining and would’ve reasonably expected to grab all three points at the Qingdao Tiantai Stadium to close that gap.

Instead, Shandong now has the chance to extend their lead when they host Jiangsu Shuntian today. Jiangsu sits in ninth place, but are only four points from the top for and an ACL spot.

It has been a fortuitous weekend for Shandong, who saw their closest rival, Shanghai Shenhua also drop points with a 1-1 draw at home to mid-table side Dalian Shide.

Shenhua took the lead in the 16th minute courtesy of Colombian Duvier Riascos. They couldn’t hold on though and Shide equalised in the 57th minute. It was their Zambian import James Chamanga that put that back on level terms.

Despite both sides having chances, neither side could find the winner and the game ended 1-1.

It wasn’t a weekend for goal scoring in CSL, with only six goals in the seven games played so far.

Shaanxi Chanba, home of ex-Adelaide United midfielder Jonas Salley, defeated Changchun Yatai 1-0 on Friday Night.

Saturday action saw Tianjin Teda defeat Nanchang Bayi 1-0, whilst on Sunday Henan Jianye defeated Shenzhen Ruby, the new home of All-White defender Chris Killen, 1-0, Hangzhou Lucheng and Chongqing Lifan played out a 0-0 draw, and Chris Coyne’s Liaoning Hongyun went down 1-0 away to Changsha Ginde.

That leaves the table, after 21 games (with the game between Shandong and Jiangsu to be played), as follows:

Shandong Luneng* 41
Shanghai Shenhua  38
Beijing Guoan  32
Hangzhou Lucheng  31
Liaoning Hongyun  30
Tianjin Teda  30
Shaanxi Chanba  29
Henan Jianye  28
Jiangsu Shuntian*  27
Dalian Shide  27
Shenzhen Ruby  24
Changchun Yatai  23
Changsha Ginde  23
Nanchang Bayi  22
Chongqing Lifan  20
Qingdao Jonoon  18
* Game in hand

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