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Chinese Super League: Defending champs run win streak to 7 straight matches


05-09-2016 11:10 BJT

The defending CSL Champs Guangzhou Evergrande could now focus all their efforts to reclaiming their title after a disastrous Champions League campaign which finally came to an end last week. The red and gold travelled to face Hangzhou Greentown looking to make it 7 wins in 7 and stay on course for a 6th successive title.

6 minutes in and the visitors take the lead when Alan Carvalho finishes from close range to score his 3rd goal in 4 games.

The Brazilian has been the star performer for Luiz Felipe Scolari's team, leading the line in the absence of record signing Jackson Martinez who is missing through injury.

24 minutes later Evergrande make it 2. Ricardo Goulart ghosts into the area to head in unmarked and double his teams advantage.

Hangzhou pull one back on 75 minutes when Denilson is brought down by Mei Fang in the area.

The reliable Tim Cahill steps up to send the keeper the wrong way and give the homeside hope. But it wouldn't be enough and Evergrande hold on for the win to make it 7 in 7 and stay on top of the table.

Capital club remain winless at home this campaign

Elsewhere, CSL big spender's Jiangsu Suning travelled to struggling Beijing Guoan who are yet to win at home this season.

And things don't look like improving as early as the 13th minute. Guoan fail to clear and the ball falls to Alex Teixeria who smashes home from 8 yards. 

Guoan get back in level terms 10 minutes later. Piao Cheng manages to find Zhao Hejing in oceans of space in front of goal he is able to score from the acute angle to open Beijing's account at home for the new season. Fantastic finish from the Young Chinese player who also gets his first goal for his new club.

5 minutes before the break Jiangsu are reduced to 10 men. Alex Teixeira is judged to stamp Guoan midfielder Ralf which earns the Brazilian a yellow card. His reacts by slapping Zhang Xiaobin which gives the referee no option but to send him off. Disgraceful behavior from the high profile player.

That lead to a series of ugly and embarrassing scuffles by the technical area between the 2 sides before the end of the half.

In the half where Guoan can't make the man advantage count and in the 62nd minute Jiangsu are awarded a free kick which Li Ang is able to curl in to grab the winner for the visitors and keep them in touch at the top. Beijing remain winless at home and in trouble at the wrong end of the standings.

This is how it looks, Guangzhou and Jiangsu leading the way with SIPG close behind in third. Hebei fourth with 14 points while Beijing are lingering in the relegation zone having only recorded one win all season.

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