Guangzhou Evergrande moved further clear at the top of the Super League standings despite recording a third draw in their last four outings. Guangzhou were held goalless at home by fourth-placed Shandong Luneng but still managed to extend their advantage at the summit to five points as nearest challengers Beijing Guoan suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at lowly Henan Jianye.
Ryan Johnson's third-minute opener and Zhi Xiao's 71st-minute second put Henan in charge and Beijing could only pull one goal back through Jiayi Shao ten minutes from time. Henan's win saw them climb out of the bottom two, level on 14 points with Liaoning who were beaten 3-2 at Shanghai Shenhua.
Liaoning had fought back from a 2-0 half-time deficit, goals from James Chamanga and Chaosheng Yang cancelling out efforts from Yunding Cao and Lucas Viatri, but were left empty-handed as Argentina striker Viatri netted his second eight minutes from time.
There was also a rare win for bottom club Harbin Yiteng and they did it in style, sweeping aside Guizhou Renhe 4-0 with braces in either half from Eder Steer and Dorielton. That was only Harbin's second victory of the season, but they still remain six points adrift of the rest of the division.
Also on Sunday, Hangzhou Greentown beat Changchun Yatai 3-2 thanks to a 90th-minute winner from Davy Angan. Hangzhou had twice led through goals from Anselmo Ramon and Yifeng Zang but Changchun fought back both times through a Luka Zinko own goal and a late equaliser from Anzur Ismailov, only to be hit with Angan's sucker-punch right at the death.
There was also a late goal for Shanghai Shenxin but Zuojun Zhao's 90th-minute penalty turned out only to be a consolation with hosts Dalian Aerbin holding on for a 2-1 win thanks to goals from Niklas Backman and Dabao Yu.