Li's four-goal blitz for Shandong
Shandong Luneng striker Li Jinyu came up with a four-goal streak to help his team thrash Liaoning FC 5-0 yesterday in the Chinese Super League.
Li, a 29-year-old former Chinese international, made most of jitters in Liaoning's defence from the start of the game.
His opener came just 14 minutes into the game and he followed it up with another three goals in a 40-minute span. Teammate Gao Yao complete the final scoreline on the hour mark but was outshone by Li, who now sits atop the strikers' leaderboard with 12 goals from 13 games as Shandong retained their three-point lead in the championship over second-placed Changchun Yatai.
Meanwhile, former German international Carsten Jancker had to postpone his CSL debut with Shanghai Shenhua, who officially signed up their new import on Friday despite last-minute negotiations. The final phase of talks hit an impasse as the two sides disputed a clause in the proposed contract that required the player to meet a 70 per cent appearance rate in the remaining games this season or take a pay cut. Jancker had previously rejected the move but changed his mind. The delay made it impossible for the 32-year-old to meet the deadline for registration with Chinese Football Association and missed the game against Dalian Shide. Shenhua beat Dalian 2-1.