CSL is looking exciting


There is a lot of football to get through in China but despite the odd setup, we are already seeing plenty of action. As week two saw in total across Group A and B 25 goals in the eight matches. 

Shanghai bounce back and a one-way derby 

The second round of fixtures started with a cracker too as Shanghai Shenhua bounced back with a 3-2 win over Shenzhen. It was a great comeback after a poor opening match against Evergrande in which they lost. 

They won too without key Italian forward El Shaarawy who was suspended by the club for his poor reaction to being subbed off in the opening match of the season. 

The changing up of the team worked too as Choi Kang-Hee side walked away with the three points, thanks to goals from Zhao Mingjian, Zhu Baojie and a penalty from Kim Shin-Wook.

Moving on to the other Thursday match in which we saw a one-sided Guangzhou derby as Evergrande run away 5-0 winners. This is very disappointing for R&F who many myself included could have thought would have a good season. 

This was a great win for the defending champions as they have now scored seven with none conceded in their opening two matches of the season. 

This is a side full of talent for the national side and their attacking threat will please fans of the national side too. A big positive for fans is the form of Wei Shihao as the Chinses forward already has three goals to his name. 

Another player to look out for is their 19-year-old attacker Palmanjan Kyum who impressed on his debut in the final ten minutes. 

He is just one of a list of youngsters who came through the Evergrande Football School of which much is expected of in China. Their footballing education was had by playing teams in Spain by teaching them to be creative and imaginative on the ball much like Spanish footballers.  

A quiet Friday 

The final two matches in Group A were to be a lot quieter as we saw a goalless draw between Jiangsu Suning and Shandong Luneng.  It was to be a bit of a let down if we are, to be honest after the seven-minute hattrick on the opening week from Fellaini.

It was just not to be the day for Shandong who could not test the Suning goalkeeper all match. It got worse for them too as Hungarian Tamás Kádár was sent off three minutes into his debut.

In the final match in the Group, we then saw another draw as Dalian drew 1-1 with Henan Jianye in a much more interesting match. 

After a goalless first half for Benítez's side got an early second-half goal from Sam Larsson. As the Dalian side look to improve on last year under the guidance of the highly respected manager. 

Although this new young team full of talent did have a defensive lapse in the final few minutes as Henan got back in the match with an 86th-minute penalty from Henrique Dourado.

Saturday fun for Bejing 

It was to be two wins in two for Beijing Guoan as they defeated Wuahn 1-0 but they will be worried about none of their strike force finding the net in the first 180 minutes of the season. 

As they look to compete with SIPG to win this Group B they will be needing the attacking players to start clicking soon. At the end in this match, a third-minute goal from Jonathan Viera proved to be enough. 

We then saw some more action in the other match of the day as Ever Bright drew with the other new boys in town Huanghai 2-2. 

This was to be a match between two sides expected to be near the bottom who chose to attack each other and it made for an entertaining match. 

Although this was to be a draw it looks like Ever Bright may have the better chance of staying up as they look to be able to counterattack well. 

The goals return 

On Sunday we saw the goals return as Shanghai SIPG defeated Hebei 4-0 in a very one-sided match. It was a game in which we saw Marko Arnautović show his worth to side too as he scored two and overall played well.

This was a relief for fans to see as they where worried pre-match as Hulk missed out through injury but the Austrian stepped in to provide the goals. 

The other two goals in this game came from Ricardo Lopes the new signing for K League side Jeonbuk. His third was a good strike too from distance into the corner of the net. 

He then completed the scoring on 93 minutes as he pounced on an Oscar shot that had hit the bar. 

Then after all the goals round two ended with another four-goal thriller as Chongqing shared the points with TEDA in a 2-2 draw. 

The match had some late late drama too as Rong Hao scored in the 95th minute to draw TEDA level. This was a match in which Chongqing put out an all Chinese side and very nearly came away with the three points. 

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