Round 6, 2016 Chinese Super League
Tianjin Olympic Centre Stadium, Tianjin
19:35 (GMT/UTC+8), 24 April 2016

Guangzhou enjoyed a comfortable start only 7 minutes after the whistle when Yu Hanchao scored his first goal of the season. Alan picked up the throw-in in the right wing and with his straight pass finding Gao Lin inside the box, the latter, who had already contributed 3 assists in his recent 3 matches, swept the ball towards the penalty spot and was later converted into a goal by Yu Hanchao.

The game turned a little bit physical afterwards with two yellow cards being shown to the host. The cross from Gao Lin on 23 minutes almost ensured the second of the match. But Alan, who was lying in ambush in front of the goal, missed the ball.

But the visitors only have to wait for another 6 minutes before they could score again. The foul on Alan gave away a free-kick to the visitors and the shot from Paulinho was blocked by the defenders. Gao Lin, who ambushed inside the box, reacted immediately to the situation and netted before the keeper could clear the ball away.

The host had their chance to come back to the game on 32 minutes when the set-piece from Montero took a deflection on Gao Lin before finding Diagne in the 6 yard box. The header from Diagne went past Zeng Cheng, but was cleared away by Zheng Zhi before reaching the goal line.  

Guangzhou responded with a counter attack later. The cross from Gao Lin found Alan precisely, and the latter’s header was denied by the goalkeeper. Alan followed up immediately with an overhead effort, but the ball went above the crossbar.

Supporters for the visitors could have celebrate for the third before the half time whistle when Gao Lin collected the long pass from Paulinho nicely and went past the goalkeeper as well as Jovanovi?. But the angle was narrow and the strike was saved by the goalkeeper.

With a 2-0 advantage in hand, Guangzhou sought to play more defensively in the second half. And despite holding on to the ball for a longer time than they did in the first half, Tianjin Teda could not seem to change the course of the game.

Although a low shot from Alan in the 58th minute missed the target, his effort on 66 minutes caused some troubles for the goalkeeper. The players of Guangzhou passed the ball around inside the opponents’ half and the long range drive from Alan outside the box was not punched away to safety by the goalkeeper. Gao Lin, again, seized the opportunity and scored the third for the visitors. This is the fifth time he scores in the recent four matches.

Yet the host was picking the ball out of their net again seven minutes later when the delivery by Rong Hao from the left wing was met by Alan, who had the keeper beaten from close range and scored his first goal for Guangzhou.

Scolari sent up three young players later and the team was playing without foreign players in the final minutes of the game. In the end, Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao FC claimed a 4-0 comfortable victory over Tianjin Teda FC and for the first time of the season, they are on top of the league table.


19-Zeng Cheng;
33-Rong Hao, 6-Feng Xiaoting, 3-Mei Fang, 12-Wang Shangyuan;
8-Paulinho (75’ 4-Xu Xin), 10-Zheng Zhi (Captain);
7-Alan (85’ 2-Liao Lisheng), 20-Yu Hanchao, 16-Huang Bowen (79’ 18-Li Yuanyi);
29-Gao Lin