Beijing Guoan made it three games without a win in the Chinese Super League on Thursday as they struggled to claim a point in an entertaining 2-2 draw against Shijiazhuang Ever Bright. Ten-man Guoan were forced to come from behind after initially taking the advantage through Alan, who tapped in from close range after good work from Jin Taiyan. Ever Bright drew level 10 minutes later through Muriqui after the Brazilian turned his man and finished smartly into the far corner. Beijing made life harder for themselves five minutes before the break when goalkeeper Guo Quanbo saw red after bringing down Matheus Nascimento, who was through on goal, outside the box after quick-thinking from the stand-out Muriqui. Beijing manager Bruno Genesio was forced to sacrifice goalscorer Alan to introduce sub keeper Hou Sen. Things got worse for the capital side midway through the second half when Zambian Stoppila Sunzu headed home for Shijiazhuang and put them on course for a second win of the season. That is how it looked to be ending before the much-maligned Cedric Bakambu squeezed home a crucial equaliser from the spot after being brought down with 73 minutes on the clock. Chinese Super League commentator Dan O’Hagan on the challenges of covering an often confusing league The point keeps Guoan second in group B at the midway point of the group stage, three points behind pacesetting Shanghai SIPG. Shijiazhuang remain fifth in the group, four points away from relegation round safety. Also in Suzhou on Thursday, Hebei China Fortune scored a narrow win against Qingdao Huanghai. Hebei’s third win on the trot came courtesy of an own goal from the luckless Joseph Minala and a fabulous strike from Bosnian international Samir Memisevic either side of an equaliser from Qingdao’s Zhu Jianrong. A bad-tempered clash saw both sides reduced to 10 men in the second half. But the three points cemented Hebei on course for a place in the championship round at the halfway stage of the competition. Qingdao sit in sixth spot in group B. With no games on Friday, the eighth round of matches sees Guangzhou R&F face Shenzhen, while second-placed Shandong Luneng meet Rafa Benitez’s Dalian Pro in group A, in a must-win match for the Spaniard.