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Beijing beat Hangzhou 4-0 to claim its first soccer title

BEIJING Guoan became China's champions for the first time today when a 4-0 victory over visiting Hangzhou Greentown gave them the Chinese Super League title.

Honduran Emil Martinez grabbed a hat-trick and defender Zhou Ting added a penalty in front of a 60,000 crowd at the Workers' Stadium to win the capital club their first championship since a professional national league was formed in 1994.

Defeat for Hangzhou, who lost 8-2 to Manchester United in a friendly in July, meant they took the second relegation spot in the 16-team league. Chongqing Lifan were already down.

Shanghai Shenhua defeated visiting Changsha Jinde 2-1 and finished 4th place. Shenhua qualified for next year's Asian Championship League together with runner-up Changchun and 3rd place Henan.


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