Shanghai - Former Chelsea striker Demba Ba hit a hat-trick
in Shanghai Shenhua's 4-0 win over Hangzhou Greentown as he extended his lead
as the Chinese Super League's top-scorer.
The Senegalese marksman struck in the 42nd, 74th and 81st
minutes -- his second hat-trick of the season -- to propel his team to fifth in
the table and reach a personal tally of 12 goals in 14 games.
Ba has now scored in four games straight to move four goals
clear on the scorers' chart, ahead of Guangzhou Evergrande's Brazilian forward
Ricardo Goulart on eight.
In front of 24,185 fans, former Inter Milan striker Obafemi
Martins completed the rout for Shenhua two minutes from time to send Hangzhou
bottom of the 16-team table.
Shanghai's home fans gave a rapturous welcome to their
former goal hero Tim Cahill, who left for Hangzhou in the close season and was
returning to his former club for the first time.
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The ex-Everton man lamented the result but told LeTV he was
moved by the reception. "For me Shanghai Shenhua supporters are amazing...
for them to sing my name afterwards made me very happy," said the
Luiz Felipe Scolari's Guangzhou Evergrande stumbled to a 1-1
draw away to newly promoted Yanbian Funde, with Chinese international striker
Yu Hanchao equalising in the 89th minute to spare the visitors' blushes.
Gambian striker Bubacarr Trawally had scored from close
range to give the home side a surprise first-half lead, but Evergrande salvaged
a draw to remain top of the league on 33 points.
Elsewhere Asia's record signing Alex Teixeira scored a
stoppage-time winner as deep-pocketed Jiangsu Suning beat Chongqing Lifan 2-1
at home to stay third in the table.
And former Chelsea winger Gael Kakuta scored the only goal
in Hebei China Fortune's 1-0 win over Tianjin Teda which kept them in second
place, one point ahead of Jiangsu.For
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