Guangzhou complete Chinese double
Marcello Lippi has completed a league and cup double after Guangzhou Evergrande beat Guizhou Renhe on Sunday to win the Chinese FA Cup.
After drawing the first leg 1-1 in Guizhou, Chinese Super League side Guangzhou won the second leg 4-2 at a packed Tianhe Stadium in their home city, a result which saw Lippi win only his second honour outside his native Italy.
Lippi opened his overseas' honours account after winning the Chinese domestic league title with Guangzhou two weeks ago, having joined the club as coach in May.
Guangzhou opened the scoring in the first minute, thanks to a stunning overhead kick by former Borussia Dortmund striker Lucas Barrios. Chinese national team defender Zhang Linpeng added a second for Guangzhou just before half-time.
In the second half Spanish striker Rafa Jorda pulled one back for Guizhou, but Barrios again scored in the 65th minute to make it 3-1 to Guangzhou.
In an action-packed climax, Dario Conca scored to put Guangzhou 4-1 up in the 90th minute, before Rao Weihui secured a consolation goal in the closing seconds to make the final score 4-2. Guangzhou won the cup 5-3 on aggregate.