Wang Wanpeng scored a last-gasp winner to lift Changchun Yatai to a 1-0 victory over Henan Jianye at Zhengzhou Hanghai Stadium in the 2011 Chinese Super League opener.
The close match was hard fought, but it was not until five minutes before the final whistle that Wang broke the deadlock with a rebound effort for his side's first win at Henan in five years. In an even first half, Changchun forward Du Zhenyu created the first effort of note with a long-range chance that flew over the crossbar.
Five minutes later, Du's free-kick reached Zhang Wenzhuo, who headed just wide. Changchun goalkeeper Zong Lei then saved a powerful free-kick from Henan's Brazilian defender Fabao.
Romulo thought he had put the hosts ahead, only to find he had been ruled offside, while Gao Jian also had one called back for offside in the build-up. The visitors were indebted to Zong when he blocked a close-range effort by Brazilian defender Thiago Potiguar.
Wang then scored the only goal of the game, firing a rebound past Zhang Shichang after the keeper parried away a drive by Dori.
"We were lucky to grasp the scoring chance and clinch the away victory," said Changchun manager Shen Xiangfu. "I saw hope because our youngsters have grown up."
Kim Hak-Beom, Henan's coach said: "I was disappointed and felt guilty because we let the fans down. But we will play better in the coming matches if we are given more time to fine-tune our squad."
Elsewhere, Guangzhou Evergrande beat Dalian Shide 1-0 with Cleo scoring the goal for the hosts two minutes into the second half.