Published: 09:26, May 22, 2024
Shanghai Shenhua hand Henan fifth consecutive CSL defeat
By Xinhua
Leonardo (second right) of the Zhejiang FC scores for his side against the Wuhan Three Towns during a match of the Chinese Super League in Hangzhou, China's Zhejiang province, on May 21, 2024. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

BEIJING - Shanghai Shenhua secured a 2-1 victory at Henan FC on Tuesday, handing their opponents their fifth consecutive loss and extending their own unbeaten streak in the Chinese Super League.

Leading the CSL standings, Shenhua seized an opportunity in the 13th minute as Xie Pengfei's direct free-kick found the net after a fumble from Henan goalkeeper Wang Jinshuai. With relentless attacking, Shenhua extended their lead to 2-0 in the 24th minute through Wu Xi's effort.

In the second half, Henan launched rapid counterattacks. In the 93rd minute, Iago Maidana headed home from a corner to halve the deficit, but there was no time for Henan to find an equalizer.

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Elsewhere, Zhejiang FC defeated Wuhan Three Towns 3-1, notching their first three-game winning streak this season.

The remaining matches on Tuesday all ended in draws, with games involving Beijing Guoan and Qingdao Hainiu, Tianjin Jinmen Tiger and Shandong Taishan, and Cangzhou Mighty Lions and Nantong Zhiyun all ending 1-1. Elsewhere, Meizhou Hakka and Shenzhen Peng City played out a 0-0 draw.