Round 7, 2016 Chinese Super League
Tianhe Sports Centre, Guangzhou
19:35 (GMT/UTC+8), 30th April 2016
Guangzhou flight against with Shanghai at home. Before the match, the chairman of the club presented the 100 matches commemorative jersey for Rong Hao and celebrated his 100th Match in the club.
The match started with Guangzhou challenged for possessions all around the pitch.
The first chance for Guangzhou came on the 8th minute when Goulart took the shot outside the box but the ball missed the target. A foul from Li Yunqiu 7 minutes later gave a way a free-kick to the host and the attempt from Huang Bowen was block away by the wall.
Guangzhou almost broke the deadlock on 23 minutes, when Alan diverted the ball from the left blank into the box. Rong Hao got the ball and, with two defenders approaching, he chose to pass the ball to the unmarked player Goulart, but the shot from the latter was denied by the post. Although, 3 minutes later, Goulart received the past from Huang Bowen again, he still cannot find the back of the net for Guangzhou.
The visitors won a free-kick opportunity in the 29th minute, and although the surprising long-distance effort from Guarín missed the goal, it did make some pressure for the goalkeeper Zeng Cheng to rush back and defend.
The deadlock was broken on 39 minutes when the defender from the visiting side could not clear the ball away from danger. It was Alan who picked up the pass from Rong Hao and, despite three defenders in the front, he quickly ripped off the defense line then hit a curve laser into the back of the net, and the home team was leading by 1:0.
The visitor had a chance to level up the scoreline just before the half time whistle when Moreno volleyed the ball into the air and the shot from Guarín forced Zeng Cheng to make a stunning save.
The host was close to their second of the match when the header from Goulart right after the restart came inches away from the post. But soon Guangzhou was awarded a spot-kick on the 50th minute for the handball from Wang Lin. Yet the penalty as well as the follow-up from Goulart was both denied by Geng Xiaofeng.
Shanghai responded with an unexpected shoot from Cao Yunding and was saved by Zeng Cheng. Furthermore, the through pass from Cao to Demba Ba forced Zeng Cheng to rush out and collect the rolling ball.
But Shanghai eventually found their equalizer on the 67th minute when the set-piece from Guarín found Demba Ba in the penalty area and the latter notched the ball into the back of the net.
Yet the visitors could only relax for another 2 minutes. Alan went down on the left side with the ball, before quickly dribbling towards the the box and curved the ball into the top right corner.
In the end, Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao FC secured the 2-1 victory over Shanghai Greenland Shenhua FC and continued their winning streak to 6 games.
19- Zeng Cheng
12- Wang Shangyuan, 3- Mei Fang, 6- Feng Xiaoting, 33- Rong Hao;
8- Paulinho, 10- Zheng Zhi (Captain) (4- Xu Xin, 72’);
16- Huang Bowen (20- Yu Hanchao, 64’), 11- Goulart, 7-Alan (17- Liu Jian, 80’);
29- Gao Lin.