Andre Villas-Boas’ Shanghai SIPG continue perfect start to year with Chinese Super League win over Yanbian Funde
Wu Wenjun and Wu Lei scores to secure 2-0 win for fifth victory of the year
Shanghai SIPG continued their perfect start to the year with a 2-0 win over Yanbian Funde in the Chinese Super League on Friday with goals in either half from Wu Wenjun and Wu Lei securing a 2-0 home win for Andre Villas-Boas’ side.
Lu opened the scoring three minutes before half-time at Shanghai Stadium thanks to a superb assist from Brazilian Hulk before Wu secured a fifth consecutive win in all competitions this season for SIPG three minutes before the hour mark.
SIPG opened their Super League campaign last week with an impressive 5-1 win over Changchun Yatai having earlier posted three consecutive wins in the AFC Champions League.
Felix Magath’s Shandong Luneng also made it two wins from two at the start of the new Super League season on Friday with a 2-1 comeback win over six-time defending champions Guangzhou Evergrande.
Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Guangzhou, who beat Beijing Guoan 2-1 last week, opened the scoring at Jinan Olympic Sports Centre Stadium through China midfielder Huang Bowen after just six minutes.
But after Brazilian defender Gil equalised 10 minutes into the second half, compatriot Diego Tardelli struck the winner with 14 minutes remaining as Shandong followed up last week’s 2-0 home win over Tianjin Teda.
Also on Friday, 2016 runners-up Jiangsu Suning collected their first point of the season after sharing a goalless draw at home with Tianjin Teda.
The Super League continues on Saturday as Carlos Tevez’s Shanghai Shenhua entertain Fabio Cannavaro’s newly-promoted Tianjin Quanjian, while Beijing travel to Guizhou Zhicheng and Chongqing Lifan take on Hebei CFFC.
“We are in really good form now and the players have high morale,” said Shenhua coach Gus Poyet after his side recorded a 4-0 home win over Jiangsu last week.
“After playing against Suning we discussed where we didn’t do well and then we moved on to prepare for tomorrow’s match.
“We’ve studied our opponent and there are some players who need to be paid close attention to. Although they lost their first game they created many opportunities and they could have won that game. I’m going to repeat that the most important game will always be our next game.”
Watch: Hulk’s skill against Yanbian Funde