Wuhan retain slim Chinese Super League lead with Beijing win
HONG KONG, Nov 8 (Reuters) – A goal late in each half maintained Wuhan Three Towns’ slim lead at the top of the Chinese Super League table on Tuesday night as Pedro Morilla’s side inflicted on Beijing Guoan a 2-0 loss.
Deng Hanwen put last season’s China League One winners ahead in first-half added time before Ademilson struck from the penalty spot to ensure Wuhan collected all three points.
Wuhan improved to 59 points from 24 games and lead defending champions Shandong Taishan on goal difference after defending champions Hao Wei won 2-0 against Shanghai Shenhua on Monday.
Moises Lima’s penalty put Shandong ahead midway through the second half against Shenhua, who slipped to fifth following the loss, before Song Long struck seven minutes later to put the result beyond doubt.
Shanghai Port cemented their hold on third place with a 2-0 victory over Cangzhou Mighty Lions thanks to goals from Paulinho and Chen Chunxin, while Zhejiang FC took fourth place with a 5-1 thrashing of Guangzhou FC.
The loss leaves the eight-time champions 17th and five points from safety with 10 games to play.
Guangzhou City are also in relegation trouble, two points ahead of their intercity rivals after losing 2-1 to Wuhan Yangtze, with Hebei FC still bottom of the table after a 5-0 loss at the hands of the Tianjin Tigers.
Elsewhere, Henan Longmen slipped to sixth place due to losing 3-2 to Meizhou Hakka, while Chengdu Rongcheng drew 2-2 with Changchun Yatai and Dalian Pro won 2-0 against Shenzhen FC .
Reporting by Michael Church in Hong Kong, editing by Hugh Lawson
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