Caltex Socceroo striker scores again in China

In-form Caltex Socceroos striker Apostolos Giannou found the net again in the Chinese Super League while Tim Cahill endured a night to forget against his former club overnight in China.

After scoring against Jiangsu Suning midweek, Giannou started for the second straight game and made the most of his opportunity, finding a crucial equaliser on the stroke of half-time against Beijing Guoan.

After a neatly worked move on the edge of the box, Brazilian midfielder Renatinho neatly cut the ball back for Giannou who expertly guided his finish into the back of the net.

The Aussie got through 78 minutes for the hosts as the match finished 1-1, leaving Guangzhou in ninth spot on the Chinese Super League standings.

Elsewhere, Trent Sainsbury continued his impressive form for club and country, playing 90 minutes as Jiangsu Suning downed Chongqing Lifan 2-1 at home.

The hosts fell behind on the stroke of half-time with Wang Dong finding the target before an own goal just before the hour mark and a stoppage time goal to superstar Alex Teixeira gave Jiangsu all three points.


Deserved victory...may have taken the last kick of the game but a win in front of the home fans 👍⚽👌

A photo posted by Trent Sainsbury (@trentsainsbury) on Jun 19, 2016 at 7:40am PDT

It was a horror night for Tim Cahill away to his former club Shanghai Shenhua, with the Socceroo star playing 90 minutes as Hangzhou Greentown fell to a 4-0 defeat.

Socceroo Matt Spiranovic also got through a full match for the visitors as he returns from injury. 

But it was two former EPL stars who did the damage with a hat-trick to Demba Ba and a late strike from Obafemi Martins for the hosts.

Ryan McGowan started and played 90 minutes as Henan Jianye fell to a 1-0 loss away to Shijiazhuang Ever Bright, with the Socceroo picking up a booking in the dying stages.

In Japan, Nathan Burns came on as a second half substitute as FC Tokyo played out a 1-1 draw Albirex Niigata on Saturday.