Guangzhou Evergrande clinch 4th straight CSL title
Updated: 2014-11-02 20:09
Guangzhou Evergrande's Italian coach Marcello Lippi is tossed in the air by his players as they celebrate their victory at the end of the Chinese Super League vs Shandong Luneng Taishan on Nov 2, 2014.
Guangzhou Evergrande claimed a fourth successive Chinese Super League title after drawing 1-1 with Shandong on Sunday.
Marcello Lippi's Guangzhou Evergrande needed just a point from its final match of the season against Shandong on Sunday to claim a fourth straight Chinese Super League title.
It was the hosts that struck first when Liu Binbin got behind the visitors' defence in the 12th minute and scored for a 1-0 Shandong lead.
But just before half-time, Guangzhou's title hopes were back on track when Elkeson equalised from long range to make it 1-1 heading into the break.
Guangzhou had a chance to take the lead in the 83rd minute, but Shandong goalkeeper Wang Dalei made a diving save to deny Alessandro Diamanti from a free kick.
Five minutes later, Guangzhou goalscorer Elkeson was denied his double by the crossbar.
It didn't matter though as the final whistle was soon blown and a 1-1 draw clinched the 2014 Chinese Super League title for Guangzhou Evergrande.