Shandong, SIPG remain unbeaten in CSL

BEIJING: Diego Tardelli scored late in the second half to hand Shandong Luneng a 2-1 win over Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Guangzhou Evergrande in the second round of the Chinese Super League. The Brazilian struck in the 76th minute on Friday to maintain his big-spending team’s unbeaten start to the new season after coming from a goal behind to defeat the six-time defending champions. Guangzhou, playing without their suspended captain Zheng Zhi, went ahead after just five minutes when midfielder Huang Bowen scored off a free kick but Shandong got level when centre back Gil equalised 10 minutes into the second half then went ahead through Tardelli.

Shandong’s second straight win of the campaign took ex-Bayern Munich boss Felix Magath’s side to six points and an early share of the competition lead with Andre Villas-Boas’ Shanghai SIPG, who posted a 2-0 victory over Yanbian Funde. SIPG have been in great form this year, winning three in a row in the Asian Champions League and they made it two from two in their domestic league with goals either side of halftime, underlining the increasing depth in the club.
With a pivotal Asian Champions League clash against Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds looming next week, the former Chelsea and Tottenham manager gave his Brazilian striker Elkeson the night off and still came away with all three points. Winger Lu Wenjun broke the deadlock three minutes before the interval after combining with Brazilian Hulk, then Chinese international Wu Lei scored 12 minutes into the second half to seal the win. — AFP