Shenhua Succumb To SIPG In Shanghai Derby: A Round Two Review Of The CSL

Chinese Super League Review

After finally just getting over the extraordinary events of the first round of fixtures in the Chinese Super League, round two soon came along.

The Chinese Super League sure love their derbies and after the crazy affair in Guanghzou last week, the next derby on the cards was the Shanghai derby between Shenhua and SIPG. Other notable fixtures were Tianjin Quanjian facing Beijing Renhe while Jiangsu Suning faced Beijing Guoan. Let’s get to the results.

Hulk And Oscar Rule Shanghai

Shanghai Shenhua 0-2 Shanghai SIPG

Our second Chinese Super League derby came along in the second round of matches. SIPG were looking to continue on from their decent AFC Champions League form as well as form from the destructive 8-0 demolition of Dalian in fixture one. On the other hand, Shenhua were just looking to get some points on the board after a dominant yet disappointing 1-1 draw with Changchun Yatai.

A feisty affair with multiple fouls and bookings early on set the stance for looked like it was going to be a classic.

However, just before the half an hour mark, on 27 minutes Hulk drove SIPG into the lead.

Things only got worse for Shenhua as just after half-time, Wenjun Lü doubled SIPG’s advantage practically ending the game there and then helping SIPG stay top of the CSL after just two games.

Normality Restored

Guangzhou Evergrande 5-0 Changchun Yatai

Guangzhou Evergrande haven’t looked the force they once were early on in the season, having a real lack of defence conceding goals at will.

There wasn’t much to report from the first half, just a dire 0-0 scoreline.

However, in the second half things came to life for Evergrande, everything clicked into place.

Just 20 minutes after the restart Evergrande found themselves 3-0 up with Ricardo Goulart scoring twice.

The misery was finally complied when an Alan double took the score to 5-0.

Plenty of goals and a clean sheet, Fabio Cannavaro will surely be happy with that.

Renhe Ruin Quanjian’s Start

Tianjin Quanjian 1-2 Beijing Renhe

Definitely the shock of this round of fixtures Renhe played a fantastic away performance throughout.

Despite constant attacking pressure from Quanjian, Renhe stood firm and blessed with the atrocious so-called defending, Quanjian came up and leaked two goals three minutes either side of half-time.

Even a 94th minute Alexandre Pato goal couldn’t do anything to affect the outcome by then. Renhe picked up their first points of the season.

Drastic Improvement By Dalian In 2-0 Defeat

Guangzhou R & F 2-0 Dalian Yifang

Let’s be honest anything would have been better than Dalian Yifang’s first showing of the season.

A much better, well-rounded performance creating plenty of chances just wasn’t enough to keep out R & F and mostly importantly Eran Zahavi. His incredibly struck free kick was the second goal for R & F in five minutes.

Ultimately Yifang came up short but with it being so early on in the season im certain they’ll be stronger soon.

The Pelle And Tardelli Show

Shandong Luneng 2-0 Chongqing Lifan

After a solid 3-0 win over Beijing Guoan last week, Luneng continued in the very same manner.

Another impressive performance and victory with Graziano Pelle and Diego Tardelli being standouts.

Late Lavezzi Finish Leaves Hengfeng Lost For Words

Guizhou Hengfeng 2-3 Hebei CFFC

An excellent game this one. Hebei had took the lead and each time they were pegged back by Guizhou for a 2-2 scoreline.

But along with Hebei’s persistence, Lavezzi showed class throughout and in the 94th minute broke the hearts of the Hengfeng fans who thought had earned a well fought point while sending the Hebei fans into fits of euphoria. I suppose that’s what the best teams do.

Saviour Sa

Henan Jianye 1-0 Tianjin Teda

As the sub headline states, Orlando Sa was Henan’s saviour giving them their first points of the campaign when he scored in the 7th minute.

You could also say their defence was somewhat of a saviour as a second half dominated by Tianjin Teda, were kept out.

First Brace For Bakambu

Jiangsu Suning 1-2 Beijing Guoan

Joy for both Beijing clubs after lacklustre opening games.

Star man Cedric Bakambu opened his account scoring Guoan’s second in the match while Jonathan Viera got both assists.

Suning did peg back with 20 minutes to go, however, it just wasn’t enough to stop Guoan from taking the all important three points.

That wraps up the round up for round two of the Chinese Super League. More league action next week in the third round of fixtures as we get three out of three when talking about derbies as after the Guangzhou and the Shanghai derbies we know have the Tianjin derby between Teda and Quanjian.