Obafemi Martins leads Shenhua to first leg win over Oscar’s SIPG
Former super eagles striker, Obafemi Martins in the Chinese FA Cup final first leg match on Sunday, scored from close range to earn Shanghai Shenhua a 1-0 win over local rivals Shanghai SIPG.
Obafemi’s goal gives Shenhua a boost as they hope to end a difficult season with success in the country’s premier knockout competition.
The teams meet again at Shanghai Stadium with Shenhua, who finished 11th in the league this season, aiming to win the Chinese FA Cup for the first time since 1998.
According to shenhua’s coach, Wu Jingui, “The game went as we expected,’’ Rueters quotes.
“SIPG were very aggressive and they had a lot of power in midfield and attack.
“We could only fight by running more, defending endlessly and having the spirit to give everything to achieve such a good result.”
The Chinese FA Cup is the last chance for SIPG’s Portuguese coach Andre Villas-Boas and his expensively-assembled team to secure a trophy this season.
The second leg is scheduled for Sunday November 26.