May 19, 2019 / 5:18 PM / 3 months ago

Soccer-Hebei's woes continue after Coleman sacking with Tianjin Teda loss

HONG KONG, May 19 (Reuters) - Hebei CFFC’s troubles continued on Sunday as the Chinese Super League strugglers lost 2-0 at Tianjin Teda in their first game since they sacked coach Chris Coleman.

The Welshman was fired on Wednesday after a run of one win in nine league games this season, but his departure did not lead to an immediate upturn in the club’s fortunes.

Tianjin’s Brazilian striker Johnathan struck both goals in the second half — the first coming within seconds of the restart following a defensive error — to leave Hebei level on five points with bottom side Beijing Renhe after 10 games.

“We played well in the first half and we did a good job defensively,” said interim head coach Xie Feng.

“I told the players repeatedly in the second half not to lose the ball so quickly. I hoped that everyone would concentrate, but we are still making low-level mistakes and our team is facing a lot of difficulties.”

The result left Tianjin in sixth place on 15 points.

Dalian Yifang launched a late comeback to beat Shenzhen FC 2-1 away with a penalty from Yannick Carrasco in the 77th minute and He Yupeng’s last-minute strike sealing the points after Harold Preciado had put the hosts ahead in the 24th.

The win was Dalian’s second of the season and moved them up to 11th with 10 points, 20 adrift of leaders Beijing Guoan.

On Friday, Beijing maintained their perfect start to the season with a 2-1 home win over lowly Tianjin Tianhai with goals by Yu Dabao and Nico Yennaris to ensure their five-point lead over defending champions Shanghai SIPG remained intact.

SIPG had Elkeson to thank for a 1-0 win at Henan Jianye while third-placed Guangzhou Evergrande welcomed back Anderson Talisca from injury as he inspired them to a 3-2 victory at Wuhan Zall to leave them on 22 points.

Shandong Luneng occupy fourth spot with 17 points after a 3-1 win away to Shanghai Shenhua, which featured goals from Graziano Pelle, Brazilian defender Gil and Marouane Fellaini.

On Saturday, Dia Seba netted twice as mid-table Guangzhou R&F handed visitors Beijing Renhe a 3-1 defeat, while Alex Teixeira scored in fifth-placed Jiangsu Suning’s 3-1 home win over Jordi Cruyff’s Chongqing Lifan to put them on 17 points. (Reporting by Michael Church; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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