China Super League leaders Guangzhou Evergrande are held to a goalless draw away to Shanghai SIPG
Shanghai SIPG hold Guangzhou Evergrande to a goalless draw
SHOWS: SHANGHAI, CHINA (SEPTEMBER 24, 2016) (IMG – SEE RESTRICTIONS)
SHANGHAI SIPG (RED SHIRTS) V GUANGZHOU EVERGRANDE (YELLOW SHIRTS)
1. TEAMS WALK OUT ONTO PITCH
2. GUANGZHOU COACH LUIZ FELIPE SCOLARI WALKS TO SHANGHAI SIPG COACH SVEN GORAN ERIKSSON, THEY SHAKE HANDS AND EMBRACE
3. GUANGZHOU STRIKER ALAN (7) WITH HIGH CROSS IN TO PAULINHO (8) WHO SHOOTS JUST WIDE OF THE POST IN THE 25TH MINUTE
4. GUANGZHOU CAPTAIN ZHENG ZHI (10) SHOOTS AND HITS THE CROSSBAR FROM OUTSIDE OF THE PENALTY AREA IN THE 39TH MINUTE, BALL REBOUNDS OUT, GAO LIN (29) SHOOTS BUT IS OFFSIDE
5. SLOW MOTION OF ZHENG ZHI’S SHOT HITTING THE CROSSBAR
6. GUANGZHOU’S LIAO LISHENG (2) WITH FREE KICK FROM OUTSIDE OF THE PENALTY AREA, SHANGHAI DEFENDER FU HUAN (23) IS ADJUDGED TO HAVE HANDLED THE BALL BY REFEREE HUANG YEJUN, PENALTY AWARDED TO GUANGZHOU IN THE SECOND MINUTE OF TIME ADDED ON IN THE FIRST HALF
7. SLOW MOTION REPLAY OF INCIDENT
8. GUANGZHOU STRIKER RICARDO GOULART (11) FAILS TO CONVERT PENALTY WITH WEAK STRIKE STRAIGHT AT SHANGHAI GOALKEEPER YAN JUNLING
9. SLOW MOTION REPLAY OF FAILED PENALTY BY GOULART
10. GUANGZHOU SUBSTITUTE CHEN ZEPENG (37) WITH CROSS IN BUT SHANGHAI DEFENDER SUN XIANG (32) CLEARS BALL, GOULART SHOOTS FROM EDGE OF THE PENALTY AREA BUT BALL GOES JUST OVER BAR
11. REFEREE BLOWS FINAL WHISTLE, ZHENG LONG (27) SHAKES HANDS WITH TEAM MATE GOULART AND SHANGHAI PLAYER
STORY: Guangzhou Evergrande extended their lead at the top of the China Super League to seven points after being held to a goalless draw away to Shanghai SIPG on Saturday (September 24).
Guangzhou, who are aiming for their sixth consecutive league title, dominated possession in the first half but found Sven Goran Eriksson’s side hard to break down.
Brazilian midfielder Paulinho came close to giving the visitors the lead in the 25th minute, shooting just wide of the post.
Fourteen minutes later, Guangzhou captain Zheng Zhi had a long range effort hit the crossbar.
In the dying minutes of the first half, Guangzhou were awarded a penalty after Shanghai defender Fu Huan was harshly adjudged to have handled the ball in the area following Liao Lisheng’s free kick.
But Guangzhou failed to take the lead after Ricardo Goulart’s poor penalty was easily saved by Shanghai goalkeeper Yan Junling.
There were few scoring opportunities in the second half. Goulart was hoping to make amends in the 67th minute but his attempt from the edge of the penalty area went over the bar.
Luis Felipe’s side were down to nine men in the closing minutes after suffering injuries after having used all of their substitutes but Shanghai failed to take advantage.
Guangzhou remain at the top of the league standings with 57 points, with Jiangsu Suning in second place with 50 points. Shanghai SIPG are third with 43 points.
Jiangsu Suning can close the gap to four points if they win at Hangzhou on Sunday (September 25). There are just four rounds of the league to be played following this weekend.