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Wu’s hat-trick salvages point for SIPG

SHANGHAI SIPG manager Sven-Goran Erikson had Wu Lei to thank after the striker’s hat-trick helped SIPG to draw 3-3 with the Swede’s former club Guangzhou R&F in their Chinese Super League clash last night.

Eriksson must have been a relieved man as his team was missing some key players due to injuries, including Dario Conca and Hulk. R&F scored the opener in the 17th minute courtesy of a dipping shot by Brazil midfielder Renatinho’s from the edge of the box. Wu equalized for the visitors within two minutes on an assist from Jean Evrard Kouassi.

In the second half, Wu took advantage of a distracted defense in the 50th, dribbling past R&F goalkeeper Han Feng to send the ball into an open goal. Wang Song equalized for the hosts in the 78th. In the last ten minutes, each side gave away a penalty due to fouls in the box. Israel midfielder Eran Zahavi and Wu scored from the spot, respectively, to seal the final score at 3-3. It was Wu’s 12th goal this season, the most among Chinese players.

With 34 points, SIPG is tied for third in the CSL table along with city rival Greenland Shenhua and Hebei China Fortune.

On Saturday, Shenhua came from behind twice to score a 3-2 win over second-placed Jiangsu Suning. Fredy Guarin contributed a brace — one from the penalty spot — and Obafemi Martins scored the other. Shenhua’s Spanish head coach Gregorio Manzano described his players’ performance as the best this season. The match was broadcast live by Sky Sports in Britain.

In other matches, Hebei China Fortune drew 1-1 with Shijiazhuang Ever Bright. Defending champion Guangzhou Evergrande beat Henan Jianye 2-1 to stay top of the standings on 48 points — 10 more than Jiangsu.

Meanwhile, Shenhua’s Senegal striker Demba Ba was taking a flight from Pudong International Airport late last night to fly to Qatar for further recovery from his leg-fracture fixing surgery.


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