HONG KONG (Reuters) - Yannick Carrasco’s stoppage-time strike salvaged a point for 10 man Dalian Yifang as they secured a 1-1 Chinese Super League draw with Henan Jianye on Sunday in their opening game of the season.
Marek Hamsik, signed from Napoli last month, made his debut for Dalian but it was Henan who took the lead via Henrique Dourado’s close-range effort after 26 minutes.
Dalian defender Yang Shanping was sent off eight minutes before the interval for a second booking and Henan looked set to take all three points until Belgium international Carrasco stroked the ball home from outside the area in the 91st minute.
Jiangsu Suning beat Tianjin Teda 3-2 thanks to Alex Teixeira’s double, with the Brazilian opening the scoring just before halftime and Eder Martins adding a second from the penalty spot on the hour mark.
Gabriel Paletta’s own goal gave Tianjin hope but a second from Teixeira 14 minutes from fulltime meant Johnathan’s 90th-minute goal was little more than a consolation.
On Saturday, Chris Coleman’s Hebei CFFC made a losing start to the 2019 campaign as they lost 3-1 to promoted Shenzhen FC.
Ayoub El Kaabi had given Coleman’s side the lead seven minutes before the interval but Norway striker Ole Kristian Selnaes struck twice - either side of Harold Preciado’s 83rd-minute goal.
Guangzhou R&F were denied victory over Chongqing Lifan when Alan Kardec’s second of the game three minutes into stoppage time secured a 2-2 draw.
Reporting by Michael Church, Editing by Toby Davis