After 12 matches, Shanghai sat atop the eight-team Suzhou Division with 29 points, four points ahead of Beijing Guoan, while Shijiazhuang slipped out of top four, one point behind Hebei China Fortune to rank fifth with 17 points.
Despite their remaining ambitions, it was apparent that many of Bayern's cornerstones might soon need a short break to recover if they are to enjoy a successful campaign. Coming up is a stressful timetable containing two games per week for nearly the entire season.
The other match in the Chengdu division saw a goalless draw between Suzhou Dongwu and Inner Mongolia Zhongyou.
"You know what is happening in life and in football and what the press are saying. My departure had been talked about and the coach's phone call confirmed it," explained Suarez.
In the 68th minute, Shenhua new signing Fidel Martinez got off the bench and made his debut in the CSL.
Guangzhou still ranks first in the group, and will take on Dalian Pro in the group's last round.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- Uncapped Hertha Berlin forward Matheus Cunha has been drafted into Brazil's squad for their opening 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Bolivia and Peru, the Brazilian Football Confederation said on Friday.
With the result, Hertha Berlin suffered its first defeat whereas Eintracht Frankfurt took its first win of the season.
Prior to the game, both sides needed a victory to secure them a top four berth with only two games left in the Suzhou division.
Finding suitable squad replacements appears to be just as stressful as dealing with contract extensions of vital players.
MEDELLIN, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Six-time Copa Libertadores champions Boca Juniors took a major step toward securing a place in the competition's knockout phase with a 1-0 win at Independiente Medellin on Thursday.