Guangzhou Evergrande reclaimed the Chinese Super League title after a hard-fought campaign on an eventful final day of the season on Sunday. Evergrande sealed their eighth title in nine seasons courtesy of a 3-0 win against struggling Shanghai Shenhua. The championship went right down to the wire, but Beijing Guoan were the only side who could wrestle the 2019 title away from Evergrande, who led the league by two points going into the final round. Guoan sneaked past Shandong Luneng 3-2 with a last-minute winner, but it wasn’t enough for the capital side to overturn the leaders. Guoan won six of their last eight league matches as they chased down Evergrande following a mid-season loss of form. Shenzhen FC’s disastrous campaign in the top flight ended with a thumping 6-0 defeat away at last year’s champions, Shanghai SIPG, who cemented third place and a spot in the qualifying round of next year’s AFC Champions League. Former West Ham United forward Marko Arnautovic chipped in with four goals for SIPG. After a nervy first half in Guangzhou, Wei Shihao grabbed the opening goal for Fabio Cannavaro’s men deep into stoppage time at the end of the first period. Park Ji-Soo grabbed a second on 55 minutes, before newly naturalised Chinese forward Elkeson sealed the win on 83 minutes. Cannavaro came under pressure from some sections of the Chinese media in recent weeks after a disappointing AFC Champions League exit and stuttering league form. Despite the triumph, it remains to be seen if the Italian will remain in the Evergrande hot seat next season after reported clashes with the club’s hierarchy. Just last month, Cannavaro looked close to getting the sack and was publicly criticised by the club for his “weak ability to rectify mistakes”, but the 46-year-old saw out the year by claiming his first piece of silverware as a manager. Elsewhere on Sunday, Rafa Benitez’s Dalian Yifang side wrapped up a mediocre campaign with a 2-0 win against already-relegated Beijing Renhe, and big-spending Hebei China Fortune claimed a win over surprise package Wuhan Zall to finish the season in 11th spot.