Champions start in style, Beijing win
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Guangzhou Evergrande began the defence of their Chinese Super League title in style with a 5-1 home victory against Shanxi Zhongxin. Brazilian attacking midfielder Elkeson made a fine debut following his close-season move from Botafogo with two goals in the second half, after both teams drew a blank in the opening 45 minutes.

Dario Conca put Guangzhou ahead in the 50th minute, Elkeson doubled the lead after 61 minutes, and Lin Gao added a third two minutes later. Elkeson had his second of the day in the 72nd minute, and Luiz Muriqui put them 5-0 ahead two minutes from the end, with there just enough time remaining for Zhu Jiawei to grab a consolation.

Beijing Guoan beat Shanghai SIPG 4-1, with goals from Zheng Lang, Joffre Guerron, Wang Xiaolong and an Wang Shenchao own goal. Wu Lei briefly cut Shanghai SIPG's deficit to 2-1 midway through the first half before the visitors were overwhelmed by their hosts.

Elsewhere on the opening day of the season, Jiangsu Shuntian edged Wuhan Zall 2-1. Siarhey Krivets and Ke Sun put Jiangsu Shuntian two goals clear with goals in the 55th and 66th minutes, with Li Wei pulling a goal back after 69 minutes.

Guizhou Renhe took the lead after 31 minutes in their home tussle with Qingdao Zhongneng, with Zvjezdan Misimovic netting, but Gustavo equalised after 65 minutes and Bruno Meneghel grabbed a last-minute winner for the away side.