Chinese Super League season finally begins



The 2022 Chinese Super League season has finally begun after months of delays due to ongoing Coronavirus issues within the country.

Fans of Chinese football were treated to three matches on the opening day of the season across all three groups, having had to wait more than two months from the original start date.

Zhejiang 0-1 Shandong Taishan

The reigning Chinese champions left it late to claim all three points against the recently promoted Zhejiang, with Brazilian centre back Jadson deflecting a Son Jun-ho corner into the net with just 15 minutes remaining in the game.

Things could have gone worse for Shandong after Zheng Zheng was given his marching orders in the 85th minute, but their championship pedigree helped them see out the match and claim what should have been a routine victory in their first match in Haikou.

Hebei 0-4 Wuhan Three Towns 

Truly the pick of the games on the opening day saw Wuhan Three Towns, a team who were playing in China League Two in the 2020 season, claim a dominant victory over Hebei - a team whose future is still questionable behind the scenes.

Off-season signing Wallace opened the scoring with the first goal of the 2022 CSL season with a strong converted header in the 27th minute of play, before fellow countryman Davidson doubled his side's lead just before the half-time whistle with a coolly slotted shot inside the box.

Xu Haoyang put the game beyond a doubt in the 77th minute before Sang Yifei converted a penalty with just six minutes left to seal a historical victory for a club that was only established six years ago. A strong off-season could see this second Wuhan club be a surprise package this season,

Guangzhou 0-1 Shanghai Shenhua

This off-season saw a monumental shift in Chinese football as the ever-dominant Guangzhou was almost brought to its knees - seeing a plethora of key players depart while the majority of their registered squad are younger than 25 years old.

As a result, an expected loss welcomed them into the new season at the hands of Shanghai Shenhua - a team made up predominantly of veterans.

However, the result was far closer than many may have expected, with Zhu Chenjie's penalty in the 55th minute the decider between two contrasting teams.

The opening stage of the 2022 Chinese Super League is now in full swing, with another full docket of fixtures to follow on Saturday, and fans will be delighted to see football finally return after months of uncertainty.

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