Super League GW4 full recap
Posted on 12-04-2017 by FCInsider – written by Hans Dekker
The fourth round of the 2017 Super League held a number of spectacular fixtures including the big Guangzhou Derby, and Pellegrini’s side of Hebei CF taking on Gus Poyet and Shanghai Shenhua in what turned out to be the most spectacular match of the weekend.
Yanbian Funde and Jiangsu Suning kept their terrible streak going and will have their work cut out for them to turn things around, while Beijing Guoan and Shanghai SIPG are working towards an impressive start.
BEIJING GUOAN 1-0 HENAN JIANYE
76′ Zhang Chiming 1-0
Beijing Guoan: Yang Zhi, Yu Yang, Jiang Tao (Zhao Hejing 92′), Jin Pengxiang, Renato Augusto, Ralf, Zhang Xizhe, Li Lei, Tang Shi (Yu Dabao 46′), B. Yilmaz, Zhang Chiming (Song Boxuan 81′)
Henan Jianye: Wu Yan, Gu Cao, Ke Zhao, Eddi Gomes, Long Cheng, Liu Heng, B.Dockal, Feng Gang (Zhong Jinbao 46′), Yang Kuo, C. Bassogog (Chen Zijie 75′), Hu Jinghang
Beijing Guoan keep impressive start going
Beijing Guoan are proving once again to be one of the top teams of the league when it comes to home matches. In a packed Workers’ Stadium in Beijing the team of coach Jose Gonzalez did not get past Henan Jianye easily, but in the end did get to keep all three points. This is something we have already seen quite often from Beijing over the last years: they’re not the most impressive side, but they are almost impossible to beat. What stands out the most in this victory is the way Beijing managed to stay organized in defense, not giving away a single shot on target.
Henan Jianye will be mostly worried by how long it is taking new star player Christian Bassogog to addept to his new surroundings. When the Africa Cup 2017 MVP signed for the Henan side many predicted him to do well in the Super League but he is yet to find the net for the first time. Bassogog was substituted off in Beijing after 75 minutes without getting a single shot on target.
With fixture against Jiangsu Suning and Guangzhou Evergrande ahead of them Henan will need to dig deep to not end up in the relegation zone early on.
JIANGSU SUNING 1-2 CHONGQING LIFAN
51′ Peng Xinli (Liu Huan) 0-1
55′ Fernandinho 0-2
89′ Ji Xiang (Ramires) 1-2
Jiangsu Suning: Gu Chao, Zhou Yun, Jeong-Ho Hong, Cao Haiqing, Li Ang, Ramires, Wang Song (Ge Wei 62′), Ji Xiang, Xie Pengfei, Gao Tianyi (Wu Xi 57′), Gao Di (Tao Yuan 71′)
Chongqing Lifan Deng Xiaofei, Liu Yu, Chen Lei, G. Milovic, Liu Huan, Peng Xinli (Cui Yongzhe 82′), Ding Jie, Wu Qing (Sui Donglu 92′), Nan Song (Wang Weicheng 30′), Alan Kardec, Fernandinho
Trouble continues for Jiangsu Suning
Last season runner-up Jiangsu Suning can’t get their new season going and are still without a win after 4 weeks into the new season. Their biggest trouble seems to come from having to deal with the absence of Alex Teixeira and Roger Martinez. Without the suspended Brazilian superstar and the injured Colombian striker Jiangsu are merely a shadow of the team that challenged Guangzhou Evergrande for the title last season.
The newest episode in their difficult 2017 season was a home defeat to midst of the table team Chongqing Lifan. Jiangsu coach Yong-Soo Choi will be counting the days untill his foreign stars will be able to take the field again and will have a lot of catching up to do when they finally do return.
SHANGHAI SIPG 2-1 SHANDONG LUNENG
10′ Hulk (Wu Lei) 1-0
46′ P. Cisse (Hao Junmin) 1-1
83′ Wei Shihao (Oscar) 2-1
Shanghai SIPG: Yan Junling, Shi Ke, Wang Shenchao, Fu Huan, He Guan, Zhang Huachen (Cai Huikang 10′ Lin Chuangyi 83′), O. Akhmedov, Oscar, Wu Lei, Lu Wenjun, Hulk (Wei Shihao 83′)
Shandong Luneng: Wang Dalei, Dai Lin, Gil, Song Long, Wang Tong (Cui Wei 85′), Liu Junshuai (Liu Binbin 59′), Qi Tianyu, Hao Junmin, Jin Jingdao (Wu Xinghan 57′), G. Pelle, P. Cisse
Sensational strike Wei Shihao gives Shanghai SIPG important victory
One of the most anticipated fixtures of the weekend was the match between Villas-Boas his Shanghai SIPG and Felix Magath his high-flying Shandong Luneng. Magath and his men came in unbeaten to this match and definitely gave the title contenders a good run for their money. With a spectacular strike after 83 minutes Wei Shihao, who came on for the injurd Hulk, gave the home team the 3 points.
The match was played out at a very high level and in this regard certainly lived up to the expecations. Both teams showed off some impressive football in a match that would decide who would stay at the top of the league together with Guangzhou R&F. Despite a serious looking injury for starplayer Hulk Shanghai SIPG did get the important win, but Shandong Luneng will have a lot of positives to take away from this game and will be looking towards the future with confidence.
After their dissapointing run last season the Shandong side once again seem a serious contender for the ACL spots and we might see Magath and his juvenile squad back in the prestigious tournament next year.
GUIZHOU ZHICHENG 0-0 TIANJIN YILI
Guizhou Zhicheng: Su Boyang, R. McGowan, Han Pengfei, Jiang Liang, T. Chery, Pang Zhiquan (Iminjan Ilhamjan 46′), Fan Yunlong (Liang Xueming 62′), Chang Feiya (Wang Jun 77′), Min Junlin, Wang Fan, M. Olunga
Tianjin Yili: Du Jia, Mirahmetjan Muzepper, Qiu Tianyi, Bai Yuefeng, Zhou Qiming (Hu Rentian 25′), Pan Ximing, Wang Dong, N. Gudelj, Guo Hao, Hui Jiakang (Lei Yongchi 80′), M. Diagne (B. Ideye 65′)
Welcome point for newcomers Guizhou
Newcomers Guizhou Zhicheng have proven they are here to stay and have established themselves as a difficult oppononent to beat so far. Tianjin Yili on the other hand are not in their best form and as in every away match so far this season, Tianjin boss Jaime Pacheco opted for a rather defensive 4-2-3-1 strategy leaving Brown Ideye on the bench.
Both teams won’t be too unhappy with the final result as Tianjin Yili seem to be mainly focussed on not losing, while Guizhou will be hanging on to every point they can get this season. With difficult schedules ahead for both teams the draw was a welcome result for both.
GUANGZHOU EVERGRANDE 2-2 GUANGZHOU R&F
9′ Alan (Zheng Zhi) 1-0
42′ E. Zahavi (P) 1-1
64′ Renatinho 1-2
90+1′ Gao Lin (Zhang Linpeng) 2-2
Guangzhou Evergrande: Zeng Cheng, Feng Xiaoting, Li Xuepeng, Zhang Linpeng, Mei Fang, Wen Jiabao (Zheng Long 20′ Gao Lin 68′), Zheng Zhi (Huang Bowen 65′), Yu Hanchao, Paulinho, Alan, Ricardo Goulart
Guangzhou R&F Cheng Yuelei, Jiang Jihong, Tang Miao, Jiang Zhipeng, Yi Teng, Huang Zhengyu, E. Zahavi, Junior Urso, Chen Zhizhao (Li Tixiang 78′), Xiao Zhi (Zeng chao 78′), Renatinho (Lu Lin 87′)
Guangzhou Evergrande struggle to draw in big city derby
The most anticipated match of last week was without any doubt the big Guangzhou city derby. With Guangzhou R&F still at a perfect score after 3 games and Guangzhou Evergrande not nearly as dominant as in previous seasons one could argue the R&F side where the favorites in this encounter.
After a quick opening goal by Alan, Eran Zahavi pulled both teams level before the half-time break. After Renatinho put the visitors ahead with a stunning strike from a free kick it seemed Guangzhou Evergrande would be handed their first loss at home in 40 matches (2 years). But big part of the Guangzhou Evergrande power lies in the depth they have in their squad, and being able to bring in seasoned internationals such as Gao Ling and Huang Bowen from the bench.
Living legend Gao Lin managed to level the score in injury time and while most supporters of the R&F side did seem happy with the final result, they certainly will have felt they could have gotten away with more.
HEBEI CF 4-2 SHANGHAI SHENHUA
12′ F. Guarin (Cao Yunding)
14′ Aloisio 1-1
28′ Yin Hongbo (Zhao Mingjian) 2-1
30′ Aloisio (E. Lavezzi) 3-1
48′ G. Moreno (C. Tevez) 3-2
49′ Gao Zhunyi (E. Lavezzi) 4-2
Hebei CF: Yang Cheng, Zhao Mingjian, Ren Hang, Zhao Yuhao, Gao Zhunyi, Hernanes, Zhang Chengdong, Ding Haifeng, Yin Hongbo (Che Shiwei 92′), Aloisio (Li Hang 74′), E. Lavezzi (Dong Xuesheng 90′)
Shanghai Shenhua: Li Shuai, Tao Jin, Wang Lin, Li Peng (Lu Zheng 54′), Li Yunqiu (Xiong Fei 71′), G. Moreno, Wang Shouting, F. Guarin, Cao Yunding, Xu Junmin (Mao Jiangqing 40′), C. Tevez
Spectacular victory for Pellegrini
The most spectacular game was played in Hebei, where Hebei CF and Shanghai Shenhua managed to find the net 6 times. While Hebei only managed to score 3 times in their 3 previous Super League games, the early goal by Fredy Guarin seemed just what the side of Manuel Pellegrini needed to get going. With 4 goals from 4 shots on target the Hebei side, led by an unleashed Aloisio, showed just how lethal they can be.
With 2 assists Argentinian winger Ezequiel Lavezzi also showed Hebei fans he is still very much present and will have given them hope for what is yet to come this season. Together with Aloisio and fellow Brazilian Hernanes the former PSG man could make for a very strong trio this Super League year.
Shanghai Shenhua boss Gus Poyet will need to find a way to turn things around for his team, if he wants to keep his spot untill the end of the season. With the added pressure that comes with a signing such as Carlos Tevez all eyes are on the Shanghai team to perform this season, and their resulst so far will be seen as very dissapointing by their chairman.
CHANGCHUN YATAI 1-1 LIAONING WHOWIN
55′ S. Huszti (P) 1-0
57′ A. Lukimya 1-1
Changchun Yatai: Yi Fan, Fan Xiaodong, Guo Liang, Li Guang (Tan Long 70′), Yan Shipeng (Zhang Li 82′), Yaki Yan, S. Huszti, Zhang Xiaofei, He Chao, O. Ighalo, Marinho
Liaoning Whowin: Shi Xiaotian, A. Lukimya, Lang zheng, Liu Shangkun, Wang Liang, Yang Yu, Wang Qiao, J. Chamanga, Yang Xu, A. Ujah, Wang Hao
Ten men Liaoning Whowin hang on to draw
After a very streak of dissapointing performances by the home team in earlier matches, they finally managed to put on a dominant display against Liaoning Whowin last weekend. Changchun Yatai dominated the entire match from beginning till end and will be left very frustrated not to get their first win of the season.
After pushing back Liaoning Whowin for the first 45 minutes, Changchung ironically enough had the referee to thank for not going in behind at half-time. Liaoning Whowin managed to get forward after enduring a barrage of attacks only to see their goal being wrongfully disallowed for offside.
When Changchun Yatai finally did get their goal from the spot, Lukimya quickly equalized for the visitors with a sublime free-kick.
TIANJIN QUANJIAN 1-0 YANBIAN FUNDE
78′ Sun Ke (A. Pato) 1-0
Tianjin Quanjian: Zhang Lu, Yang Shanping, Kyung-Won Kwon, Mi Haolun (Zheng Dalun 46′), Zhang cheng, Zhao Xuri, A. Witsel, Wang Yongpo, Wang Xiaolong (Zhang Xiuwei 87′), A. Pato, Su Yuanjie (Sun Ke 56′)
Yanbian Funde: Chi Wenyi, Jiang Weipeng, Wu Yongchun, Piao Shihao, Pei Yuwen, Han Qingsong, Bit-Garam Yoon, Chi Zhongguo, Tian Yinong, Yin Changji, B. Trawally
Cannavaro leads Tianjin Quanjian to next home victory
Tianjin Quanjin will be very content with their opening in their first Super League season, especially after the second home victory and clean sheet in a row. Italian coach Cannavaro has managed to turn the newcomers into a team that is very difficult to beat and that are showing progress every single time they step onto the pitch.
Yanbian will already be looking down after another loss. While last season the side of Korean boss Taeo-Ha Park were a absolute guarantee for entertainment, this season they have not managed to impress yet.
Chongqing Lifan vs Guizhou Zhicheng
Changchun Yatai vs Shanghai Shenhua
Henan Jianye vs Jiangsu Suning
Tianjin Quanjian vs Shanghai SIPG
Shandong Luneng vs Beijing Guoan
Yanbian Funde vs Hebei CF
Tianjin Yili vs Guangzhou Evergrande
Liaoning Whowin vs Guangzhou R&F