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CSL wrap: Hangzhou rally as Dalian drop points

Created on 30 Mar., 2013 7:13 PM GMT

Hangzhou have recovered from two goals down to snatch a 2-2 draw away to Tianjin Teda and move into fifth position in the Chinese Super League.

Trailing by two goals with less than 20 minutes remaining, Hangzhou fought back thanks to goals from Masashi Oguro and Cao Xuan to remain undefeated in the CSL so far this season.

Tianjin are also undefeated with three draws but remain bottom of the CSL on negative three points due to the penalty they received before the season for match-fixing transgressions.

Saturday's two CSL matches saw 10 goals scored, with the opening clash between Dalian Aerbin and Shanghai SIPG ending in a 3-3 draw.

In Tianjin, the home side took the lead in the 57th minute when Li Weifeng rose highest at the back post to head a corner into the net.

Just two minutes later and Tianjin were 2-0 in front after Carmelo Valencia burst through the middle of the pitch and finished past Hangzhou's goalkeeper.

Hangzhou had arrived in Tianjin knowing a win would take them level on points with league-leaders Guangzhou Evergrande but looked on track for a defeat before Oguro gave them some hope in the 73rd minute.

The Japanese striker did brilliantly to control the ball with his chest, went past Tianjin defender Eder Lima with ease and then finished from a tight angle.

Hangzhou completed their comeback with two minutes remaining thanks to Xuan's powerful header from a corner, earning their fifth point of the season, which took them above Liaoning Whowin on the CSL table.

In Dalian, the home side picked up their first point of the season but were denied a win after leading 3-1 versus Shanghai SIPG.

Having trailed to Zhu Zhengrong's 19th-minute opener, Aerbin recovered to lead at half-time due to a double from Peter Utaka.

Guillaume Hoarau's 51st-minute goal extended Aerbin's lead to two goals but within six minutes the visitors were back on level terms.

Wu Lei kick-started SIPG's comeback in the 55th minute with a fine finish and Zhu made it 3-3 two minutes later with a brilliant goal, sliding past his opponent and then smashing the ball home with the outside of the right boot to secure his brace.

Neither side managed to find a winning goal, ensuring SIPG remain above Aerbin on the CSL table in ninth position.

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