Mikel, Ighalo lose on Chinese Super League debut
• Tevez scores one, makes two for Shanghai Shenhua
Super Eagles’ Captain, John Obi Mikel and Odion Jude Ighalo made their Chinese Super League (CSL) debuts on a losing note for their clubs, Tianjin Teda FC and Changchun Yatai, losing 5-1 and 2-0 to Shanghai SIPG FC and Shandong Luneng respectively.
Ighalo’s Changchun Yatai lost 5-1 away to Shanghai SIPG FC, but the former Watford striker could not save his club despite featuring for 90 minutes in their first game of the season.
Elsewhere at Jinan Olympic Sports Center Stadium, Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi was also in 90 minutes action for Tianjin Teda, but failed to salvage situation as they went down 2-0 in the away tie to Shandong Luneng FC.
Meanwhile, Nigerian striker, Aide Brown Ideye was missing in action for Tianjin Teda, which in turn postponed his debut for his new Chinese club in the current CSL season.
But it was a sweet debut for Argentina’s Carlos Tevez, who led Shanghai Shenhua to a 4-0 victory on his first game for the club. The 33-year-old Argentine played a key role in his side’s first league win of the season by getting an assist and then putting one away himself, as they beat Jiangsu Suning in the first game of the season.
The Argentine lined up against a side with Brazilian duo Ramires and Alex Teixeira in their ranks, but found no problems as Shanghai marched to a 4-0 win.
Tevez was instrumental in his first league outing for the side, setting up one goal with a superb cross from a free-kick before getting one of his own – coolly sending a penalty beyond the goalkeeper.