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Chinese F.A. Cup: Evergrande win on away goals rule to claim third title of season


11-28-2016 10:45 BJT

Chinese F-A Cup as defending champions Jiangsu Suning would be hosting Guangzhou Evergrande in the second leg of final. The sides played to a 1-1 draw in the opening leg fixture, so plenty was on the line. Jiangsu trying to repeat -- while Evergrande were looking to add the F-A cup title to their CSL and CFA Super Cup triumphs.

The Nanjing Olympic Sports Center was the site for the final between two of the CSL's biggest spending sides. 

Jiangsu, have been in good form at home this season, and take the lead after just seven minutes through Colombian striker Roger Martinez who fires home a volley after a poor clearance. 1-0 Blue & White. And 2-1 on aggregate. The strike catching Evergrande keeper Liu Dianzuo off guard.

The 6-time CSL champs equalized just before the break, as Brazilian midfielder Paulinho is able to fire home a loose ball in the area. 1-1 game,, 2-2 overall.

In the second half, Martinez is able to shimy around a couple of defenders and nets his second in the 73rd minute to put Jiangsu in front again. 2-1 in the match, 3-2 on aggregate.

Guangzhou needed a goal to tie, because that would give them the victory on the away goals rule -- and with ten minutes remaining, a rocket of a shot by substitute Huang Bowen beats Gu Chao, and breaks the the hearts of thousands of Suning fans. Huang's powerful strike from 30 metres out sailed through a crowd of players before bouncing in front of the 'keeper and into the net.

2-2 is how it ends, 3-3 on aggregate -- which means that Guangzhou can celebrate because of the away goals rule.

This is the second time Guangzhou have lifted the Chinese F-A Cup, their first win was back in 2012.

"It was very hard for us to play here in the final with Jiangsu, who have so many fans. They performed very well in the first half, and we adjusted our tactics succesfully to come back and win," said Huang Bowen.

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