In a dramatic showdown in the Chinese Super League (CSL), Tianjin Teda rallied to a thrilling 3-2 victory against Tianjin Quanjian, with Eagles captain Mikel Obi providing an assist that spurred his team to their first win of the campaign, as reported by sources.
Tianjin Teda, after an initial draw and a defeat in their opening league fixtures, secured a crucial win against Tianjin Quanjian, marking their first triumph in the new CSL season. Mikel played a pivotal role in the team’s resurgence, contributing an assist to hat-trick hero Frank Acheampong for Tianjin Teda’s second goal in the 84th minute, leveling the score at 2-2.
Acheampong’s impressive display saw him netting additional goals in the 16th and 90th minutes, securing the crucial victory for Tianjin Teda. Meanwhile, Mikel’s former Chelsea teammate, Alexandre Pato, opened the scoring for Tianjin Quanjian in the 54th minute, followed by Anthony Modeste’s goal in the 78th minute, amplifying the intensity of the clash.
This victory propels Tianjin Teda up to the eighth spot in the 16-team CSL table, now accumulating four points as they aim to solidify their standing in the league.
Mikel Obi’s impactful performance for Tianjin Teda underscores his form ahead of the upcoming fixtures for the Super Eagles. The Nigerian captain is expected to feature prominently as the national team gears up for pre-World Cup friendlies against Poland and Serbia scheduled for the upcoming week.
Mikel’s instrumental role in Tianjin Teda’s win serves as a promising sign as he prepares to reunite with the Super Eagles, aiming to carry forward this momentum and contribute significantly to Nigeria’s campaign in the forthcoming friendlies.