Oscar the winner as Dalian Yifang flop in Chinese cinemas to leave fans crying in their popcorn
Wanda Group’s decision to show first Chinese Super League game in Dalian cinemas backfires spectacularly
The first weekend of the 2018 Chinese Super League season was one to forget for Chinese real estate and entertainment conglomerate Wanda Group.
The company, owned by China’s fifth richest man Wang Jianlin, celebrated Dalian Yifang’s return to the top division by broadcasting their game against Shanghai SIPG in the Dalian Wanda cinemas.
Ma Lin’s side lost 8-0 with Portugal defender Jose Fonte giving away a penalty on his debut while SIPG’s Oscar hit a hat-trick.
This is a record CSL defeat.
— Roy Tadmor (@RoyTLuo) 4 March 2018
The Peninisula Morning News reported that the game was broadcast inside the cinema at Dalian Yifang Plaza and shown in the lobby of the 16 other Wanda cinemas in the city.
They got to watch new signing Yannick Carrasco have a debut to forget with the Belgian winger’s heat-map going viral on social media.
Yannick Carrasco's heat map from Dalian Yifang's 8-0 defeat today...
£170,000 per week to take 9 kick-offs. Where do I apply? pic.twitter.com/G0MOeHDiEP
— Team FA (@TeamFA) 3 March 2018
It’s widely expected that Wanda Group’s purchase of Dalian Yifang will be finalised in the coming days.
The company recently sold their stake in Spanish La Liga side Atletico Madrid.