2015 Chinese Super League – Beijing Guoan vs Shanghai Shenhua
The 2015 Chinese Super League season is just over a month old and I had the pleasure of travelling to China’s capital city to see Beijing Guoan take on Shanghai Shenhua in a top of the table clash last weekend. Most of the 47.000 spectators in the Workers’ Stadium went home happy after seeing their side win 2-0 to move into first place with 10 points from their first four games.
Shanghai will have few complaints with the result as they spent most of the game on the back foot which left their Australian striker Tim Cahill isolated up front. They held out until the 75th minute when Matić swept in a penalty rebound for Beijing’s first, while Swedish substitute Erton Fejzullahu wrapped up the points in the last minute after finishing off a swift Guoan counter attack. Shanghai slipped back to fourth in the table, two points behind joint leaders Beijing and Shanghai SIPG who are due to meet on Sunday in another top of the table clash.
The Guoan fans were in good voice throughout the game and with most of them wearing the home side’s green colours there was a really good atmosphere in the Workers’ Stadium. There were lots of songs and chants: both supporting their team and showing their displeasure at many of the referee’s decisions though I am not sure it was anything like Damon’s trip to Istanbul a couple of weeks ago!
take on: Face; play against
on the back foot: Defending very deeply
isolated up front: He was left alone; he had little support
held out: Did not concede; defended well
swept in a penalty rebound: The penalty was saved by the keeper but the player scored with the follow up
wrapped up the points: made the game safe
slipped back: Dropped
were in good voice: To sing lots of songs