Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Shandong extend CSL lead

Shandong Luneng have extended their lead at the top of the Chinese Super League to 9 points after clinching a thrilling 3-2 win over Beijing Guoan.

The game was an enthralling encounter played in front of a packed crowd at the Workers Stadium in Beijing.

Han Peng put the visitors ahead after just 18 minutes, but that strike was soon cancelled out by Xu Liang who equalised for Beijing Guoan.

A win was crucial for Beijing if they wanted to remain any chance of staying in the championship race, but just before the break Honduran Julio Cesar de Leon struck to give Shandong the advantage heading into the break.

Beijing were given a lifeline on 78 minutes when Shandong conceded an own goal through defender Mourtala Diakite.

But they suffered heartbreak when Lu Zheng scored a 90th minute winner to ensure Shandong would way away with all three points. The result leaves Beijing in fifth place, one point behind Tianjin Teda and an Asian Champions League berth.

The match of the round saw fifth place Liaoning Hongyun host second place Shanghai Shenhua. Given how tight the table is, three points for either side was crucial.

In the end a strike on 60 minutes by Cheng Xing was enough for Liaoning to secure all three points, and with that move up to third on the table.

The battle for relegation is just as strong and one of the most entertaining games of the weekend saw Shenzhen Ruby host Qingdao Jonoon. Both clubs are anchored towards the bottom of the table, just a handful of points above the relegation zone.

Seven goals flew in, including four in the space of 12 minutes. Ultimately it was Qingdao Jonoon who came out victors after two goals in either half.

Elsewhere in the CSL Jiangsu Shuntian and Changsha Ginde played out a 0-0 draw, Dalian Shide defeated Hangzhou Lucheng by the odd goal in three, Nanchang Bayi and Shaanxi Chanba drew 1-1, Chongqing Lifan lost at home 1-2 to Tianjin Teda and Changchun Yatai and Henan Jianye finished 0-0.

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