Shandong Taishan edges Shanghai Port to cement CSL lead

Source: Xinhua| 2021-12-19 23:37:23|Editor: huaxia

GUANGZHOU, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- Shandong Taishan continued its scorching form in the Chinese Super League (CSL) by beating Shanghai Port 2-0 on Sunday, extending its lead in the league table to eight points with five matches remaining.

Against one of the biggest contender in the league, the Shandong side broke the deadlock in the 18th minute as Jadson headed home a corner kick delivered by Son Junho.

Son's elite performance didn't end until the 67th minute, when the South Korean international fired a sensational long distance free kick into the near post to seal the 2-0 victory.

In the last minute of the regular time, Shanghai Port was awarded a penalty after Shi Ke committed a hand ball foul in the box, but Oscar's shot sailed narrowly off the post.

"It was a very important game and my players defend Oscar well. Son played an indispensable role on both ends. I hope my team could maintain the momentum to the end of the league and CFA Cup," said Shandong head coach Hao Wei, whose team will face Shanghai Port again in the CFA Cup final next month.

Elsewhere, Guangzhou FC beat Changchun Yatai 2-0 thanks to a pair of strikes from Deng Hanwen and Yang Liyu. After the win, Guangzhou FC surpassed Shanghai Port to rank second in the league with 34 points, behind Shandong with 42 points.

Also on Sunday, Guangzhou City thrashed Beijing Guoan 5-0, and Shenzhen FC beat Hebei FC 3-2. Enditem

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