April 15, 2018 / 4:25 PM / 9 days ago

Soccer-Beijing Guoan fight back to claim share of spoils

HONG KONG, April 15 (Reuters) - Beijing Guoan salvaged a hard-earned point after Roger Schmidt’s side fought back from two goals down to secure a 3-3 draw with Chongqing Lifan in the Chinese Super League on Sunday.

Fernandinho Silva and Peng Xinli both scored inside the first nine minutes to give the home side the perfect start before Renato Augusto pulled one back for Beijing to cap a frantic opening.

Alan Kardec restored Chongqing’s two-goal cushion in the 19th minute but Liao Cheng netted just before the half hour mark and Cedric Bakambu claimed the equaliser five minutes after the restart.

“This was a very intense match,” said Schmidt. “Both sides tried their best to win and 3-3 is a fair result.

“Our start was a bit messy and it wasn’t easy for us to pull level. We hoped to win all three points but given the outstanding performance of Chongqing, I’m satisfied with a point.”

The draw leaves Guoan in fourth place on 11 points, seven behind runaway leaders Shanghai SIPG, who notched up a sixth straight win with a 2-0 victory over Hebei China Fortune.

Vitor Pereira’s side had goals from Hulk and Wu Lei to thank as SIPG became the first side ever to win their opening six games in the league.

SIPG’s lead at the top was extended over defending champions Guangzhou Evergrande after Fabio Cannavaro’s side were pegged back to a 2-2 draw by Shanghai Shenhua.

Ricardo Goulart and Nemanja Gudelj scored within two minutes of each other to put Evergrande in front after Zhu Jianrong had given Shenhua the lead. However, Xu Yougang scored 18 minutes from time to secure a share of the points for Wu Jingui’s team, who are now in fifth.

Diego Tardelli scored twice, meanwhile, as Shandong Luneng moved into third place with a 2-0 win over bottom side Dalian Yifang, who still await their first victory of the season.

Jiangsu Suning picked up a 1-1 draw with Tianjin Quanjian while Tianjin Teda claimed all three points on offer against Guangzhou R&F with a 2-1 win.

Beijing Renhe ensured Guizhou Zhicheng’s poor start to the season continued with a 2-1 win over Gregorio Manzano’s side and Changchun Yatai secured their first win of the campaign with a 3-0 victory over Henan Jianye. (Reporting by Michael Church, Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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