SUZHOU, China – Shijiazhuang Ever Bright beat Hebei China Fortune 3-1 here on Monday in the Chinese Super League (CSL).
The first half saw fierce play from both sides. A header from Hebei defender Ren Hang broke the deadlock in the 35th minute. However, Luiz Muriqui managed to level the score with a penalty for Shijiazhuang just four minutes later.
A sudden rain shower fueled the match in the second half. Ever Bright fought back hard and took the lead when 37-year-old veteran Matheus Leite Nascimento scored with a long-range effort in the 82nd minute, and Oscar’s right-foot shot in the 97th minute sealed the victory for Shijiazhuang.
Elsewhere, Shanghai SIPG crushed Tianjin Teda 4-1 thanks greatly to Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Junior’s accurate assists, maintaining the team’s unbeaten record so far this season.
Shanghai SIPG established the advantage in the 29th minute. Thanks to a corner from Oscar, Uzbek midfielder Odil Akhmedov struck a long-distance volley to make it 1-0 for Shanghai.
The gap was further enlarged just before the end of the first half. Akhmedov made a direct pass forward, gifting Shanghai captain Hulk an easy tap-in.
The 72nd minute witnessed another breakthrough for Shanghai when Austrian midfielder Marko Arnautovic converted a powerful header following another precise corner from Oscar from the right side.
Fortune knocked on Shanghai’s door again in the 81st minute. Oscar caused a handball from Tianjin defender Felix Bastians in the box and was awarded a penalty.
Zhao Honglue’s volley gave Tianjin a consolation goal in stoppage time.