Round 23, 2016 Chinese Super League
Tianhe Sports Centre, Guangzhou
19:35 (GMT/UTC+8), 20th August, 2016
A 11 win-streak on Hangzhou Greentown was broken with Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao’s 0:0 draw with Hangzhou Greentown FC on the night of August 20th.
Zhang Linpeng caught a back pass from Alan and unleashed a bullet of low shot only three minutes after the whistle, but he missed the goal. As the game progressed, the host team kept pressing forward and got the majority of ball possession, however Greentown played counter-attack and Guangzhou Evergrande had trouble to make space. The game fell into stalemate. In the 22nd minute, Paulinho drived forward and gave an excellent pass to Gao Lin, Gao Lin moved the ball to the box from the right, Alan was given much space to shoot but his strike flied right into the side-netting. Guangzhou Evergrande raised tempo of the game after this attack and kept Greentown’s defensive line under pressure. Scolari’s team won a series of corners after the 27th minute, Ricardo Goulart found space and fired a goal but his strike was punched away by Zou Dehai, goalkeeper of Hangzhou Greentown. Only after a few minutes, Paulinho’s shot was again saved by Zou Dehai. Hangzhou Greentown’s guardian Zou Dehai stayed focused and he gathered another fierce shot from Zhang Linpeng in 43 minute. Zhang Linpeng was active before the end of the first half, he dribbled several times in the opponent’s penalty area and performed fascinating tackles on defense. The first half ends with a 0:0 draw.
Scolari substituted Alan and Zhang Linpeng with Jackson Martínez and Wang Shangyuan as soon as the second half started. The game came to the 53rd minute, Ricardo Goulart’s diagonal pass was blocked by Zou Dehai, Goulart dashed forward and attempted a header, the ball flied right above the cross bar. Guangzhou Evergrande made the third change in the 54th minute, Zhang Wenzhao was introduced and Zheng Zhi was off. Zhang Wenzhao immediately launched continuous attacks in the right side, but his cutting in and shooting didn’t provide threat to the guest team. Fans in Tianhe became excited with fiercer assaults of the host team. Hangzhou Greentown then substituted Ramon with Jorge Sammir. Sammir created a few chances with his personal ability, the game falls again into stalemate. In the 82nd second, Guangzhou Evergrande made progress in the middle field, Gao Lin got the ball and made a turn-around shot, the bullet was too high. Zou Dehai received a yellow card because of purposely delaying game time, but he continued his high level performance and rejected a series of good efforts by Goulart and Li Xuepeng. In injury time, Ricardo Goulart missed a chance of killing the game, his small angle shooting flied above the crossbar.
19: Zeng Cheng
35: Li Xuepeng, 28: Kim Young-gwon, 6: Feng Xiaoting, 5: Zhang Linpeng (12-Wang Shangyuan, 46’), 8: Paulinho, 10: Zheng Zhi (15-Zhang Wenzhao, 54’), 7: Alan (9-Jackson Martínez, 46’), 11: Goulart, 16: Huang Bowen, 29:Gao Lin.