Chinese Super League GW5 full recap

Posted on 18-04-2017 by FCInsider – written by Hans Dekker

The fifth round of the 2017 Chinese Super League saw one big trend: missed penalties. Both Shandong Luneng’s Graziano Pelle and Shanghai SIPG’s Hulk missed their spot kick and for Hulk in particular it turned out to be a costly one.

Guangzhou Evergrande might have been fatigued after their busy Champions League schedule, it certainly did not stop them from getting a comfortable win over Tianjin Yili who had to manage without John Obi Mikel.

Yanbian Funde found the net for the very first time this Chinese Super League season, and seconds before the final whistle managed to miss in front of an open goal to deny them their first victory as well over Manuel Pellegrini. And in this weekends opening game, all goals and assists came from local players.


10′ Nan Song (Wu Qing) 1-0
87′ Wu Qing 2-0
90′ Fan Yunlong (Liang Xueming) 2-1

Attendance: 34.685

Chongqing Lifan: Deng Xiaofei, Liu Yu, Chen Lei, G. Milovic, Liu Huan, Peng Xinli, Ding Jie, Wu Qing (Xu Yang 90+3′), Nan Song (Wang Weicheng 46′), Alan Kardec, Fernandinho

Guizhou Zhicheng: Su Boyang, R. McGowan, Han Pengfei, Jiang Liang, T. Chery, Baise Festus, Chang Feiya (Fan Yunlong 73′), Min Junlin, Wang Fan (Liang Xueming 81′), M. Olunga, Iminjan Ilhamjan (Pang Zhiquan 62′)

Newcomers struggling to get their season going
Chongqing Lifan fans will be jubilent after their second win in a row in the Chinese Super League this season. After their surprise victory away at Jiangsu Suning last week, the side of Korean boss Chang Woe-Ryong dominated newly promoted Guizhou Zhicheng for the entire 90 minutes, before conceding what was an unnecassary goal in the final minute of the game.

While usual suspects Alan Kardec and Fernandinho haven’t been able to impress for the Lifan owned side just yet, local talent Nan Song opened the score after just 10 minutes. The 19-year old started all 5 matches for Chongqing so far, staying on the pitch for close to 300 minutes. Looking at the way many Chinese Super League teams are approaching the new U23 policy this can certainly be seen as a positive.

Guizhou Zhicheng are still looking for their first win this season and with 4 very difficult fixtures which include Shanghai Shenhua (home), Guangzhou R&F (away), Shanghai SIPG (away), and Tianjin Quanjian (home) things are starting to look a bit worrisome for the newcomers.


18′ F. Guarin 0-1
40′ O. Ighalo (P) 1-1
50′ O. Ighalo (Marinho) 2-1
52′ Cao Yunding (F. Guarin) 2-2
88′ G. Moreno (O. Martins) 2-3

Attendance: 11.826

Changchun Yatai: Yi Fan, Fan Xiaodong, Guo Liang, Jack Sealy (Tan Long 60′), Yan Shipeng, Yaki Yan (Sun Jie 30′), S. Huszti, Zhang Xiaofei, He Chao, O. Ighalo (Du Zhenyu 73′), Marinho

Shanghai Shenhua Li Shuai, Li Jianbin, Tao Jin, Wang Lin, Bai Jiajun, G. Moreno, F. Guarin, Cao Yunding, Sun Shilin, Xu Junmin, O. Martins

Shanghai Shenhua have to dig deep for spectacular win
In a miraculous escape act Shanghai Shenhua managed to get away with their first victory after 3 games without one. Changchun Yatai will certainly feel they should have gotten more in their last 2 games at home, absolutely dominating possession and shots on target for the last 180 minutes but getting just 1 point in return.

Shanghai Shenhua, without the injured Carlos Tevez who was spotted in Disneyland during the match, will count themselves lucky for getting away with all 3 points here after a late goal by Giovanni Moreno. The Colombian star has been the single most important player for Gus Poyet this season in the Chinese Super League finding the net 5 times in 5 games, despite the lacking results.

Changchun Yatai decided to ‘strongly encourage’ coach Lee Jang-Soo to resign from his position and take a rest following their 4th loss in the first 5 games of this years Chinese Super League. Despite their performance on the pitch clearly picking up the Changchun Yatai board felt a change was needed in order for the team not to stay behind early in the season. With a potentially lethal duo of the now injured Odion Ighalo and Brazilian speedster Marinho the fans will feel there still is hope for Changchun to turn their season around


13′ C. Bassogog 1-0
79′ Ramires (Cao Haiqing) 1-1

Attendance: 20.533

Henan Jianye: Wu Yan, Gu Cao, Ke Zhao (Chen Zijie 90′), Eddi Gomes, Liu Heng, B. Dockal, Yang Kuo, Zhong Jinbao (Yang Changpeng 81′), Ablet Abduwal (Luo Heng 69′), C. Bassogog, Hu Jinghang

Jiangsu Suning: Zhang Sipeng, Zhou Yun (Yang Boyu 83′), Jeong-Ho Hong, Cao Haiqing, Li Ang, Ramires, Liu Jianye, Wu Xi, Tao Yuan (Ge Wei 69′), Gao Tianyi (Ji Xiang 29′), Alex Teixeira

Jiangsu Suning still without a win
Jiangsu Suning their season in the Chinese Super League has not exactly gone to plan thus far. With 2 draws and 3 losses after 5 games the side of former Chelsea star Ramires will be wondering where it all went wrong. While the Suning owned side have been very impressive in the Champions League, already securing a spot in the second round, the Super League is a completely different story.

Coach Choi Yong-Soo will be starting to feel the pressure and would have thanked the gods for the return of superstar Alex Teixeira against Henan Jianye. Unfortunately for him it was Christian Bassogog who scored his first ever goal in the Chinese Super League after just 13 minutes to put the home team in front, while Teixeira saw his shot on the other end land on the crossbar. The AFCON 2017 MVP could go trough on goal after stealing the ball away from Jiangsu centre-back Zhou Yun who will feel largely responsible for his team going in behind at half-time.

While Ramires did bring things back to level not too long before the end of the match, Jiangsu never looked like they would get their first Super League win. With a difficult fixture against unbeaten leaders Guangzhou R&F coming weekend the fans just might have to wait a bit longer for their teams first win this season.


Attendance: 23.976

Tianjin Quanjian: Zhang Lu, Yang Shanping, Liu Yiming, Zhang Cheng, Zhao Xuri, A. Witsel, Geuvanio, Zheng Dalun (Chu Jinzhao 81′), Zhang Xiuwei (Wang Xiaolong 46′), Alexandre Pato, Sun Ke (Wang Jie 88′)

Shanghai SIPG: Yan Junling, Shi Ke, Wang Shenchao, Zhang wei, He Guan, Zhang Huachen (Yu Hai 12′), Oscar (Lin Chuangyi 77′), Wu Lei (Lu Wenjun 68′), Cai Huikang, Hulk, Elkeson

Tianjin Quanjian keep strong home streak going
With 7 points out of their last 3 matches Fabio Cannavaro will be very happy with the performance of his Tianjin side. One of two newcomers this season in the Chinese Super League have shown they are certainly able to hold their own, with their only loss in their first 5 matches coming by the hands of table leaders Guangzhou R&F.

Andre Villas-Boas is making it no secret his teams only ambition is to walk away champions after the 2017 season of the Chinese Super League and will feel they should have done better in this match. And if it weren’t for Hulk’s missed penalty after nearly 50 minutes of play they probably would have gotten more than just the one point. The former Zenit St. Petersburg star placed his penalty kick just outside of the post, failing to extend Shanghai SIPG’s lead to two goals.

This enabled fellow Brazilian Alexandre Pato to equalize on the other side of the pitch just 10 minutes later. The former AC Milan and Chelsea star seems be fitting in more and more in the Chinese Super League and is quickly winning over the Chinese fans.


38′ Wu Xinghan (Jin Jingdao) 1-0

Attendance: 43.658

Guangzhou Evergrande: Wang Dalei, Dai Lin, Gil, Song Long, Li Songyi, Liu Junshuai (Zhou Haibin 64′), Hao Junmin, Jin Jingdao (liu Binbin 60′), Wu Xinghan (Zhang Chi 89′), Diego Tardelli, G. Pelle

Guangzhou R&F Yang Zhi, Yu Yang (Song Boxuan 87′), Zhao Hejing, Jin Pengxiang, Renato Augusto, Ralf, Zhang Xizhe, Li Lei, Tang Shi (Yu Dabao 46′), B. Yilmaz, Zhang Chiming (Jin Taiyan 62′)

Shandong Luneng come out on top in major test
Shandong Luneng fans will be looking at the Chinese Super League table in joy with their team sitting in a comfortable second place after Guangzhou R&F, and with last seasons struggle to stay up this will be a welcome change for them. Felix Magath seems to be the man to thank for this succes. The former Wolfburg and Bayern boss has managed to turn his young team into a very effective one who seem able to beat even the strongest of opponents.

Despite a 5th minute penalty miss by 2015 Southampton star Graziano Pelle, Shandong went in ahead at half-time after Wu Xinghan had opened the score after 38 minutes. Beijing Guoan came close to equalizing a few times while dominating possession, and will be left frustrated for not getting away with a point.

Still without new signing Jonathan Soriano the side of coach Jose Gonzalez have put on some impressive performances this season but only managed to come away with 2 victories in their first 5 matches. There is a very clear difference to be seen in their results either at home or away, which is something that will need to change if the Beijing side would like to compete for the Champions League tickets this year.


56′ Aloisio 1-0
78′ Kim Seung-Dae (Yoon Bit-Garam) 1-1

Attendance: 20.876

Yanbian Funde: Chi Wenyi, Jiang Weipeng (Jin Bo 61′), Wu Yongchun, Piao Shihao, Pei Yuwen, Han Qingsong, Bit-Garam Yoon, Chi Zhongguo, Tian Yinong (Jiang Hongquan 85′), Yin Changji (Seung-Dae Kim 9′), B. Trawally

Shanghai Shenhua: Yang Cheng, Zhao Mingjian (Dong Xuesheng 46′), Ren Hang, Zhao Yuhao, Gao Zhunyi, Hernanes, Zhang Chengdong, Ding Haifeng, Yin Hongbo (Zhu Haiwei 84′), Aloisio, E. Lavezzi

First goal for Yanbian Funde
Manuel Pellegrini would have had different hopes for his second season in the Chinese Super League. After being very active on the transfer market before the start of the 2017 season hopes were high for Hebei CF. While still being unbeaten after their first 5 matches, just 2 victories and failure to dominate matches will leave the former Manchester City coach worried.

Yanbian’s most notable achievement in this match was finding the net for the very first time after 5 games. The Hebei CF defense where caught off guard after a long ball from behind that launched Kim Seung-Dau, who managed to beat Yang Cheng in the 1-on-1 that followed. Not long before that Aloisio gave the visitors the lead with his 3rd goal of the season.

With both teams looking for the victory it was the home team that thought they did enough to secure the 3 points. Just seconds before the final whistle the Yanbian attack managed to completely dismantle Hebei’s defense, only to fail to score in front of an open goal.


13′ Ricardo Goulart (P) 0-1
72′ Ricardo Goulart 0-2
84′ Yu Hanchao (Ricardo Goulart) 0-3

Attendance: –

Tianjin Yili: Du Jia, Mirahmetjan Muzepper, Qiu Tianyi, Bai Yuefeng, Zhao Yingjie, Pan Ximing, Wang Dong (Lei Yongchi 60′), N. Gudelj, Guo Hao (M. Diagne 77′), B. Ideye, Yang Liyu (Hui Jiakang 24′)

Guangzhou Evergrande: Zeng Cheng, Feng Xiaoting, Li Xuepeng, Zhang Linpeng, Mei Fang, Zheng Zhi, Paulinho, Gao Lin, Alan (Yu Hanchao 58′), Ricardo Goulart, Wang Jingbin (Zheng Long 27′ Liao Lisheng 68′)

Guangzhou Evergrande cruise to victory
Guangzhou Evergrande their start to the Chinese Super League has been filled with difficult fixtures, but the reigning champions seem to have passed those tests. Despite a loss away to Shandong Luneng the Guangzhou side managed to walk away with 7 points out of the first 4 heavy fixtures of the season. Away at Yanbian Yili the clearly fatigued men of Felipe Scolari never got into too much trouble and came away with all three points.

After a foul on one of three Guangzhou Brazilians Alan, Ricardo Goulart did what most players could not manage this weekend by converting his penalty and giving Guangzhou the lead early on. Tianjin Yili, without the injured former Chelsea star John Obi Mikel, never came close to the goal of Zeng Cheng and mainly tried their luck with shots from distance.

Despite getting close a couple of times the home side never managed to equalize, and after Ricardo Goulart scored his second of the evening from a corner the champions cruised to a comfortable 0-3 win.


18′ E. Zahavi (Xiao Zhi) 0-1
39′ J. Chamanga (P) 1-1
61′ E. Zahavi (Xiao Zhi) 1-2
71′ Xiao Zhi (Renatinho) 1-3
76′ Renatinho 1-4


Liaoning Whowin: Shi Xiaotian, A. Lukimya, Lang Zheng, Wang Liang, Yang Yu (Zhang Ye 75′), Lu Wei, Wang Qiao (Hu Yanqiang 25′), J. Chamanga, Yang Xu, A. Ujah, Wang Hao (Ni Yusong 65′)

Guangzhou R&F: Cheng Yuelei, Jiang Jihong, Tang Miao, Jiang Zhipeng, Yi Teng, Huang Zhengyu, E. Zahavi, Junior Urso, Chen Zhizhao (Lu Lin 64′), Xiao Zhi (Zhang Gong 80′), Renatinho (Xiang Baixu 88′)

Lethal Guangzhou R&F pass difficult away test
Guangzhou R&F remain the leaders of the table after 5 weeks into the newest season of the Chinese Super League. In a game that certainly looked difficult on paper the Guangzhou side, led by an unleashed Eran Zahavi, showed just how much they have grown. While last season the team led by coach Stojkovic booked almost all of their wins (10 out of 14) at home, this season they show the ability to win even those difficult away games now.

Liaoning came into this match undefeated with three 1-1 draws and a 3-1 victory in their first 4 matches, and after getting level just before the half-time break for a bief period it may have seemed they could have gotten a result. But an unleashed Eran Zahavi together with seasoned veteran Xiao Zhi quickly put those dreams to rest as Guangzhou ran out to a comfortable 1-4 lead.

With an almost perfect score in their first 5 matches with just an away draw to reigning champions and city rivals Guangzhou Evergrande, R&F fans will start to wonder where this season might go for them.

Next round

21-04-2017 (Fri)
Beijing Guoan vs Tianjin Quanjian
Guangzhou Evergrande vs Liaoning Whowin
Shanghai SIPG vs Hebei CF
Jiangsu Suning vs Guangzhou R&F

22-04-2017 (Sat)
Tianjin Yili vs Yanbian Funde
Guizhou Zhicheng vs Shanghai Shenhua

23-04-2017 (Sun)
Changchun Yatai vs Henan Jianye
Shandong Luneng vs Chongqing Lifan


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