In an enthralling Chinese Super League clash, Odion Ighalo played a key role in Changchun Yatai’s impressive 3-1 home victory against Chongqing Lifan on Sunday. Despite the prolific Super Eagles striker failing to find the net, goals from Long Tan (45th, 75th minute) and Xiaodong Fan (eighth minute) secured the win for Changchun, with Alan Kardec netting the consolation for the visitors in the 12th minute.
Ighalo, boasting an impressive record of 15 goals in 27 league appearances, demonstrated his consistency in the competition. Having scored in the previous week’s 3-1 home triumph, he has now tallied three goals in as many league games, contributing significantly to Changchun’s ascent to the eighth position on the league table with 41 points.
In another Chinese Super League encounter, Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi featured for Tianjin Teda but experienced a setback as they succumbed to a narrow 3-2 defeat away to Guangzhou R and F. Goals from Renatinho and a brace from Apostolos Giannou secured the win for Guangzhou, while Frank Acheampong and Nemanja Gudelj found the net for Tianjin Teda.
The match marked Mikel’s 12th appearance in the league, where he has contributed one goal. Currently positioned 14th in the league with 28 points, Tianjin Teda faces challenges as they seek to climb the standings in the remaining fixtures of the season. The Chinese Super League continues to deliver intense battles, captivating football enthusiasts worldwide.