Preciado's goal helps Shenzhen avoid relegation from Chinese Super League

Source: Xinhua| 2020-11-02 21:06:17|Editor: huaxia

Gao Lin (1st L) of Shenzhen FC competes during the 18th round match between Shenzhen FC and Shijiazhuang Ever Bright at 2020 season Chinese Football Association Super League (CSL) Dalian Division in Dalian, northeast China's Liaoning Province, Nov. 2, 2020. (Xinhua/Yao Jianfeng)

DAILIAN, China, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- Colombian Preciado rounded off a dominating performance in a 2-2 draw in the second leg of the Chinese Super League playoffs on Monday, while Shenzhen FC won 3-2 on aggregate over Shijiangzhuang Ever Bright.

Shenzhen went ahead after 30 minutes when Preciado headed in Ole Selnaes's right-wing free kick for the game's first real opportunity.

Shenzhen thought they had secured the spot of next season's top flight league with a 2-0 lead when veteran Gao Lin scored in the 39th minute, but they had to postpone their celebrations after the VAR showed Preciado offside.

Muriqui equalized with a powerful shot in the stoppage time. Ever Bright then outscored 2-1 while Brazilian Matheus defeated Shenzhen keeper Zhang Lu with a flip shot from the edge of the box at 57 minutes.

In the 80th minute, Ever Bright defender Yang Yun was gifted an own goal under Preciado's pressure as Shenzhen levelled up and then held off with 2-2.

The draw meant Ever Bright have to fight to avoid direct relegation over the next two legs. The first leg will be played on Nov. 7, with the second set for Nov. 11. Enditem

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