August 12, 2018 / 4:37 PM / 7 months ago

Soccer-Late Yang strike salvages point for Sousa's Tianjin

HONG KONG, Aug 12 (Reuters) - Tianjin Quanjian threw away a two-goal lead before salvaging a late point as Paulo Sousa’s Asian Champions League quarter-finalists shared a 3-3 draw with Beijing Renhe in the Chinese Super League (CSL) on Sunday.

Goals from Wang Xiaolong and Alexandre Pato put Tianjin in charge of the game after 35 minutes but a strong second-half showing allowed Renhe to take control.

Ayub Masika’s double, scored either side of a Makhete Diop penalty, saw Renhe turn around the tie, only for Liu Jian’s sending-off with 11 minutes remaining to throw Quanjian a late lifeline.

Sousa’s side made the most of their numerical advantage during the closing minutes as China international striker Yang Xu capitalised on a defensive error to seal a share of the points for last season’s third-place finishers.

“This draw is good for us,” said Sousa. “What is important about this game is that we should play like we did in the last 25 minutes, when we tried our best to take any slim chance. Our efforts were there to be seen. The players played very hard.”

The draw was Tianjin’s third game in a row without a win and leaves the club in eighth place, 14 points adrift of leaders Beijing Guoan.

Guoan retained their place at the summit with a 3-1 win over Jiangsu Suning on Friday thanks to goals from Zhang Xizhe, Lei Tenglong and Jonathan Viera as Roger Schmidt’s side maintained their one-point advantage over Shandong Luneng.

Graziano Pelle and Diego Tardelli were on target for Shandong in their 2-0 win over Chongqing Lifan while Wu Lei and Hulk scored for Shanghai SIPG, who defeated cross-city rivals Shanghai Shenhua 2-0 to remain in third.

The shock of the round came at Changchun on Saturday as seven-time champions Guangzhou Evergrande slipped to their first defeat since the post-World Cup resumption at the hands of Changchun Yatai.

The home side took the lead through Yu Rui before Yang Liyu and Ricardo Goulart put Fabio Cannavaro’s side ahead.

But two goals in the final six minutes from Tan Long sealed a 3-2 win for Changchun that leaves Guangzhou six points off the pace with a game in hand.

Former Wales manager Chris Coleman secured the first victory of his tenure at Hebei China Fortune as a goal from Dong Xuesheng was enough to earn a 1-0 win over bottom side Guizhou Zhicheng and Dalian Yifang moved out of the relegation zone with a 3-0 success over Guangzhou R&F on Friday.

Nyasha Mushekwi scored a hat-trick to move Bernd Schuster’s side up to 14th in the 16-team league with Dalian replaced in the drop zone by Chongqing.

Frank Acheampong netted his 12th goal of the season for Tianjin Teda as Uli Stielike’s team defeated Henan Jianye 2-0. (Editing by Clare Fallon)

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