Beijing Hyundai have turned to the city government in an attempt to halt their worrying slide towards the foot of the Chinese National Football League. The club's 2-0 defeat at home to Inter Shanghai saw them slip to second from bottom in the table after a run of only one win in 11 matches. Perhaps learning from their Shanghai rivals, who have benefited much this year from their close relationship with local authorities, the Beijing team, who changed title sponsors from Guo'an to the Korean car manufacturers earlier this year, have turned to the municipal government for help in their hour of need. Team management met senior government officials during a visit to the municipal sports bureau and made a plea for additional financial support and permission to recruit one more foreign player, according to local media. The Beijing team's hopes of being included in the Premier League, which will be launched next season, are looking increasingly remote and it seems management are not above appealing to local pride in an effort to get what they want. It remains to be seen whether the authorities will comply rather than allow Shanghai to dominate the league. So far sports bureau officials have maintained a stony silence on the issue. After their victory in the capital, Inter Shanghai held their position one point behind leaders Shenzhen Jianlibao, level with city rivals Shanghai Shenhua, who inflicted a third consecutive defeat, by a 3-1 scoreline, on former leaders Yunnan Hongta. Seven-time champions Dalian Shide seem to have recovered from a confidence shattering run of three consecutive defeats. Their 3-1 home win over Tianjin, sparked by Honduran international Saul Martinez's 12th goal of the league season, kept them within three points of Shenzhen and by no means out of the title chase. This weekend's matches, which see the top three facing relatively lowly opposition, seem likely to set up a crucial five-day period. Assuming there are no banana skins awaiting Shenzhen at Chongqing, Shanghai Shenhua in Tianjin and Dalian in Qingdao and that Inter Shanghai make home advantage count against struggling Shaanxi, then the title run-in will really begin next Wednesday. That is the date of Inter's visit to Shenzhen, immediately after which the Shanghai side welcome Dalian to the City Stadium. The following weekend, Inter make the short trip to the Hongkou Stadium to face Shanghai Shenhua.