Round 20 of the Chinese Football Association Super League (CSL) was played on the 5th.
Leaders SHANDONG LUNENG who are on a 5 match winning streak played away to DALIAN HAICHANG INTERNATIONAL. SHANDONG capitalized on their opponent’s shallow defensive line time and again by playing the ball behind to create space and chances but Chinese national GK LI Leilei pulled off many fine saves. In the end it finished 0-0 and both teams left with a point.
Second placed BAORONG CHANBA played away to 5th placed BEIJING GUOAN. In the 72nd minute the BAORONG GK fluffed a floated BEIJING cross in front of his own goal. First to react to this was BEIJING GUOAN FW GUO Hui who poked home with his left foot to open the scoring. Then in extra time MF ZHENG Wei’s FK found FW RONNY Carlos da Silva who headed in to draw even but BAORONG were unable to close the gap on the leaders.
On the other hand 3rd placed SHANGHAI SHENHUA and 4th placed TIANJIN TEDA both earned 3 points. SHANGHAI played CHENGDU BLADES at home and went ahead in the 23rd minute thanks to FW Hamilton RICARD’s goal. Chinese FW GAO Lin added another goal in the second half to seal a 2-0 victory. As for TIANJIN TEDA, they took the lead in the 20th minute through Chinese DF CAO Yang’s penalty. He scored again from a set piece in the 42nd minute to lead to a 2-0 win.
Elsewhere, due to the Chinese Football Association’s October 2nd announcement to disqualify HUBEI WUHAN they announced that all of their matches are now waived with their opposition receiving a 3-0 victory.
The other CSL Round 20 match results are as below:
GUANGZHOU PHARMACEUTICAL １-２ LIAO NING HONGYUN
ZHEJIANG GREENTOWN ２-０HENAN CONSTRUCTION
SHENZHEN １-１QINGDAO ZHONGNENG
The main standings after Round 20 are as follows. Brackets indicate points and the number after that is goal difference.
1. SHANDONG LUNENG (45)+20
2. BAORONG CHANBA (42)+９
3. SHANGHAI SHENHUA (39)+16
4. TIANJIN TEDA (34)+12
5. BEIJING GUOAN (30)+７
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