SIPG keeps alive hope of winning CSL

Source: Xinhua| 2017-09-09 22:19:44|Editor: Yurou
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BEIJING, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) -- Shanghai SIPG defeated Tianjin Yili Teda 3-1 in the 24th round of 2017 Chinese Super League (CSL) on Saturday, keeping alive its hope of winning CSL while pushing Teda closer to relegation.

Wu Lei netted the opener for Shanghai SIPG in the 11th minute. The Chinese international continued his good form since he had earned China's last goal in 2018 World Cup's qualifiers on last Tuesday.

The 25-year-old contributed an assist in the 15th minute when Yu Hai scored after receiving Wu's cross as SIPG enlarged its advantages.

Nemanja Gudelj almost pulled one back for Teda in the 37th minute, but his volley only found the goalpost. Before the half time, SIPG's Givanildo Vieira de Souza (Hulk) created a one-to-one chance but missed the target.

Pan Ximing's header narrowed the gap in the 67th minute as the host team played more conservatively in the second half.

Substitute Elkeson de Oliveira Cardoso secured the victory for SIPG as he sent home a Hulk's pass in the 81st minute.

After the loss, Teda's slipped further into the relegation zone while SIPG trails league leader Guangzhou Evergrande eight points with six games to go.

In the other game played on Saturday, Shandong Luneng was held to a goalless draw by Jiangsu Suning.

On Friday, Guangzhou Evergrande registered its fifth straight league win as the CSL defending champion won over Changchun Yatai 3-1.