In this match, Oscar who is the core MF of Shanghai SIPG, was suspended for accumulating four yellow cards, so head coach Pereira made some adjustments to the team’s starting lineup. On the defend line, the left and right DF are Zhang Wei and Wang Shengchao, and the central defender He Guan to partner with Shi Ke; on the midfield, Lin Chuangyi replaced Oscar, together with Akhmedov and Cai Huikang; on the forward line, the three players are Hulk, Arnautovic and U23 player Chen Binbin.
The match began under -2 degrees in Beijing, but Shanghai SIPG which is playing in away game, was enter the good state very quickly.
At the 3’ minute, Akhmedov, Arnautovic and Hulk played a quick and smooth cooperation on the pitch. Finally, Hulk passed from the right side and Arnautovic scored the goal.
At the 24’ minutes, Zhang Wei cross from the left, Hulk’s header hit on the goal post, since then the home team Beijing Renhe also have one shot, but was saved by GK Yan Junling of Shanghai SIPG. At the end of half-time, Shanghai SIPG took the lead of 1-0.
In the second half, Beijing Renhe equalized in the 57’ minute, Hulk lost the ball by mistake at its own penalty area, then Beijing Renhe FW Diop scored against Yan Junling.
After drawn the score, Shanghai SIPG tried to exceed the score again, but they did not really threaten the opponent’s goal post. In the 90’ minute, Shi Ke was sent off by the referee because he received the second yellow card.
Finally, Shanghai SIPG drew 1-1 in away game with opponent, with the victory of Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao and Beijing Guoan, the top two teams in the league table, Shanghai SIPG has confirm the third place in Chinese Super League of this season.
Thins Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock, Shanghai SIPG will play against Shenzhen FC at home, for the last round in this season.
In the post-match press conference, Shanghai SIPG head coach Pereira said: „in the first half we played very well and got many opportunities to score not just one goal. Everyone did a good job together, we tried to win the game by passing and catching the ball. But after Beijing Renhe equalizing the score, there are some problems in control of everyone’s emotions, the impact of the goal conceded made us lose balance in the later game and play badly. Although such a result is not what we want, but then this is football.”
As for the emotional control of the players, Pereira also expressed his understanding to this, „it is understandable that there are emotional problems, because the players are all human beings. In the previous game, we fought for the first place on the ranking table, it was normal that we were not in the best mood after losing. In fact, players really want to win through efforts after losing the ball, but the way to deal with it is not very reasonable, not very appropriate. If we had the chance to score two or three goals in the first half, the game would have been totally different.”
The head coach of Beijing Renhe Wang Bo thanks to the players for their efforts after the game, “they fought tenaciously on the field, played professionally and played an ideal game. We should do better than our opponent in terms of tactics and spirit. Although the team has been demoted, but we can keep this spirit, for the future and next year.”