Chinese Super League 2017: Burak Yilmaz Brace Lifts Beijing Guoan Over Shanghai Shenhua, 2-1
Turkish striker Burak Yilmaz scored a brace to lead Beijing Sinobo Guoan FC to a 2-1 win over powerhouse squad Shanghai Greenland Shenhua FC in a 2017 Chinese Super League match held at the Workers' Stadium in the Chinese capital city on Sunday.
Yilmaz opened the scoring in the 37th minute with a close-range shot off an assist by local winger Zhang Chiming, as per ESPN. It took only three minutes for Shanghai Shenhua to level the count as midfielder Cao Yunding took advantage of an error in Beijing's defense to equalize in the 40th.
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The game was tied for quite some time until the 31-year-old Turkey international was able to direct forward Yu Dabao's cross past Shenhua goalkeeper Li Shuai to score the winning goal with only three minutes left before full-time, via Soccerway.
It was the first win of the season for the Imperial Guards as they are now tied on points with the Flower of Shanghai with an identical 1-1-1 win-loss-draw record in the standings.
Beijing opened their campaign this season with a sorry 1-2 loss to defending champions Guangzhou Evergrande at the Tianhe Stadium on March 5. They then settled for a 1-1 draw against newly-promoted side Guizhou Zhicheng also on the road at the Guiyang Olympic Sports Center on March 11.
Head coach Jose Gonzalez squad made the most of their first home game as they pulled off their first victory of the season as well.
Meanwhile, Shenhua's superstar import Carlos Tevez struggled during the whole game as the Argentinian was the target of Beijing's defense right from the kickoff.
The former Juventus, Manchester City, and Manchester United striker has been on a downward spiral in terms of his form since he led Shanghai to a 4-0 rout of Jiangsu Suning during their season-opening fixture.
After scoring a goal and dishing out two assists against Jiangsu, Tevez has been scoreless and inactive in head coach Gus Poyet's offense during the past two games.