After an ignominious start to their season that saw Shanghai Shenhua docked 6 points and stripped of their 2003 CSL title over match fixing, the team, more famous in recent years for high spending than high scoring, is having something a remarkable run of matches. The Shanghai side fought back from 0-1 down after a lousy first half against Shandong Luneng on Saturday night to win 2-1 against the league leaders.
As Wild East Football reports:
The home side endured a terrible first half which would have seen Shandong be several goals up by half-time were it not for a combination of poor finishing and heroics in the goal from Shenhua’s on-fire keeper Wang Dalei. But a spirited performance in the second half saw Shenhua snatch an unlikely victory in a classic smash-and-grab manoeuvre against a team which had won its first four games of the season and were top of the league.
Shenhua were helped to victory by the superb finishing of Syrian forward Firas Khatib, who scored both of the home side’s goals. Khatib, who was substituted late in the second half, came back on for a lap of honour after the final whistle, delighting a raucous home crowd who responded with chants of “Firas!”