Drogba makes Shenhua debut, Jiangsu rise
Didier Drogba made his Chinese Super League debut for Shanghai Shenhua in a 1-1 draw with fourth-placed Guangzhou on Sunday.
Former Chelsea forward Drogba, who was presented by Shenhua last weekend after agreeing a two-and-a-half year contract with the club, came off the bench for the second half to help his new side battle back from a goal down to secure a point.
Hosts Guangzhou had taken a 22nd-minute lead through a Moises own goal, but 12th-placed Shenhua drew level in the 68th minute through Cao Yunding, with Drogba playing a key role in the equaliser.
The Ivorian international had already tested the Guangzhou goalkeeper twice, once with a stinging 35-yard free-kick, and then with his through-ball which set up Cao to make it level at a goal apiece.
Elsewhere, Jiangsu Shuntian moved back to within four points of league leaders Guangzhou Evergrande with a 3-2 home victory over Tianjin Taida.
All five goals were scored in the first half, with Jiangsu netting before the break through Aleksandar Jevtic, Ji Xiang and leading scorer Cristian Danalache, while Tianjin responded with an own goal from Lu Bofei and Vladimir Jovancic on 21 and 26 minutes.
The victory sees Jiangsu remain within touching distance of Evergrande, who won yesterday, and five points clear of third-placed Guizhou Renhe, who fought back from an early deficit to beat Shanxi Zhongxin 3-1 today.
Johnny had given visiting Shanxi a fifth-minute lead, but Guizhou hit back with second-half goals from Hao Yang, Chen Jie and Zlatan Muslimovic.
In the weekend's other games, Dalian Shide and Changchun Yatai claimed 2-1 wins over Qingdao Zhongneng and Liaoning respectively.
James Chamanga scored a 77th-minute winner for Dalian after Qingdao's Bruno Meneghel had cancelled out a 35th-minute opener from Yan Xiangchuang, while Changchun scored twice in the final 18 minutes through Dong Wang and Liu Weidong to claim the points after Liaoning had taken a 65th-minute lead through Yu Hanchao.