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Shanghai Shenhua lift fifth Chinese FA Cup


Shanghai: Shanghai Shenhua came back from a first leg deficit to beat Shandong Luneng 3-0 in the 2019 Chinese FA Cup final, winning 3-1 on aggregate to claim their fifth title on Friday. 

Shanghai overturned the first leg deficit with three second half goals from Kim Shin-wook, Stephan El Shaarawy and Alexander N'Doumbou.

After a goalless firat half, Kim - who joined Shanghai last July - was influential in the second period with the Korea Republic international firing home a half-volley to break the deadlock on the hour mark.

Shandong began pushing Shanghai back, but the hosts were not to be denied a second goal with El Shaarawy surging down the pitch and making it 2-1 on aggregate in the 81st minute.

The Cup was won two minutes later when N'Doumbou scored a screamer from outside the box, sending the home crowd into a frenzy.

Shanghai not only bagged their fifth Cup, but also a place in the 2020 AFC Champions League group stage.

The 2020 AFC Champions League official draw ceremony will take place at AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Tuessay.