Published: 17:50, November 9, 2020 | Updated: 12:00, June 5, 2023
Jiangsu Suning and Guangzhou Evergrande stalemate in 1st leg of CSL finals
By Xinhua

Eder Martins, right, of Jiangsu Suning vies with Zhang Linpeng, left, and Jiang Guangtai of Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao during the 19th round match at 2020 season CSL Suzhou Division in Suzhou, east China's Jiangsu province, Nov 8, 2020. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

SUZHOU - Jiangsu Suning held Guangzhou Evergrande to a scoreless draw in the first leg of the 2020 Chinese Super League (CSL) finals here on Sunday.

The two teams met twice in the regular season, winning one game each. The last period of the CSL was played in a tournament format amid the COVID-19 pandemic, giving Suning a chance of grabbing the CSL trophy for the first time in its history.

The two teams met twice in the regular season, winning one game each. The last period of the CSL was played in a tournament format amid the COVID-19 pandemic, giving Suning a chance of grabbing the CSL trophy for the first time in its history

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Guangzhou Evergrande dominated the opening period of the match. Wei Shihao almost gave the defending champion the lead in the sixth minute, but his close range shot went wide.

In the 11th minute, Zheng Zhi thought he'd won a penalty, but it was ruled out by the VAR. The 40-year-old veteran then withdrew from the game in the 32nd minute through injury, and was replaced by Huang Bowen.

Guangzhou Evergrande created and missed some chances before the half time whistle. The Chinese football powerhouse dominated possession with 59 percent of the ball in the first half.

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Eder Citadin Martins of Jiangsu, a former Italian international, suffered a knee injury and was replaced by teammate Ivan Santini in the 79th minute.

Although Guangzhou Evergrande threw on all three substitutes before the final whistle, neither team could find the winner in 90 minutes.

The two sides will face off in the second leg and season decider on Nov 12.