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China: Odion Ighalo Inspires Changchun Yatai to Season’s First League Victory



China: Odion Ighalo Inspires Changchun Yatai to Season's First League Victory

In a thrilling display of skill and determination, Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo played a pivotal role in Changchun Yatai’s resounding 3-0 triumph over Henan Jianye in the Chinese Super League (CSL) on Sunday. This victory marked Changchun Yatai’s long-awaited first league win of the season, following a series of disappointing results, including three losses and two draws in their last five league games.

The match kicked off with Jie Sun securing an early lead for Changchun Yatai in the third minute, setting the tone for an impressive display of attacking football. The team’s spirits were further boosted in the 47th minute when Lasse Vibe extended their lead to 2-0. As the game approached its conclusion, Long Tan sealed the deal with an emphatic third goal, leaving Henan Jianye no chance for a comeback.

This victory propels Changchun Yatai to 13th place in the 16-team league table, with a total of five points. The team’s ardent supporters rejoiced at this much-needed win, which showcased their resilience and determination to climb the ranks in the CSL.

Though Ighalo has struggled to find the back of the net consistently this season, his contribution to the team’s success cannot be overlooked. With just one goal in six league games, the Nigerian striker has faced challenges in recent matches, failing to score in his last three league outings. However, his solitary goal thus far came in a hard-fought 1-1 home draw against Beijing Renhe in March, demonstrating his ability to make an impact when it matters most.

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Changchun Yatai’s victory has reignited hope among fans and players alike, as they look forward to building on this success in the upcoming league fixtures. As the team continues to strive for excellence, Ighalo and his teammates will undoubtedly be eager to capitalize on their recent triumph and push for further victories in the CSL.

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