CFA Cup: Shandong, Dalian and Shanghai's duo qualify for semifinals
The CFA (Chinese Football Association) Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday saw four Chinese Super League (CSL) teams - Shandong Luneng, Dalian Yifang, Shanghai SIPG and Shanghai Shenhua - qualifying for the next stage.
In the 2-1 home win for Shandong Luneng against defending champions Beijing Guoan, due to Jonathan Viera's injury, Guoan coach Roger Schmidt put Cedric Bakambu and Zhang Yuning as the forwards.
Guoan started attacking only seven minutes into the game, but Bakambu missed a one-on-one goal.
Luneng later controlled the game and Roger Guedes broke the deadlock in additional time of the first half, converting in Jin Jingdao's pass.
In the second half, the visitors had a corner and Bakambu seized the chance to equalize the score in 64th minute. Bakambu nearly scored the winning goal in final minute, only to find the match into the 30-minute overtime.
Italian striker Graziano Pelle sealed the 2-1 win in 97th minute for the host.
In the other quarterfinal matches on Wednesday, Rafael Benitez's Dalian Yifang eliminated Tianjin Tianhai 4-0, in which Ghanaian player Emmanuel Okyere Boateng made a hat-trick; current CSL leader Guangzhou Evergrande suffered a 2-0 loss at home by CSL reigning champion Shanghai SIPG; and another Shanghai club Shenhua beat Tianjin Teda 3-1 to complete the last-four list.
The draw of CFA Cup semifinals came out late Wednesday:
Dalian Yifang vs. Shanghai Shenhua;
Shanghai SIPG vs. Shandong Luneng.
(With input from Xinhua News Agency)
(Cover: A combination photo showing Graziano Pelle of Shandong Luneng (top L), Emmanuel Okyere Boateng of Dalian Yifang (top R), Oscar and Hulk of Shanghai SIPG (bottom L), Gao Di of Shanghai Shenhua (bottom R), at CFA Cup quarterfinals, July 24, 2019. /VCG Photo)