Domestic Leagues

Fans return as Shanghai SIPG go top of CSL Group B

Suzhou: Fans made a return to competitive football in China PR as Shanghai SIPG came from behind to defeat Beijing FC 2-1 at the Suzhou Olympic Sports Centre on Saturday.

Up to 2,000 fans of both teams were permitted to watch the 2020 Chinese Super League Group B tie which saw SIPG overtake Beijing at the top of the Group B standings.

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Beijing's players unfurled a banner afterwards thanking their supporters, while SIPG's Oscar - who scored the winner -blew kisses to the sparse crowd.

"Football without supporters is not football," said SIPG head coach Vitor Pereira, whose side are unbeaten so far in the coronavirus-delayed season.

"We are very happy to offer a victory to our fans and I think they are happy at this moment."

Cedric Bakambu gave Beijing the lead in the 14th minute but Wang Shengchao equalised for SIPG in the 27th minute.

Talisman Oscar then struck the winner on 76 minutes as SIPG took possession of top spot in Group B on 14 points, one ahead of Beijing, who suffered their first defeat in six matches.

Photos: AFP

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