Drogba makes impressive debut from bench to help Shenhua salvage point (Video)
Monday, 23.07.2012, 10:40am (GMT)
Didier Drogba made his Chinese Super League debut for Shanghai Shenhua in a 1-1 draw with fourth-placed Guangzhou on Sunday.
Former Chelsea striker Drogba, who was presented by Shenhua last weekend after agreeing a two-and-a-half year contract with the club, came off the bench for the second half to help his new side battle back from a goal down to secure a point.
Thank Drog for that! Didier Drogba (centre) played the through ball which led to Shenhua's equaliser
The Ivorian almost scored with his very first touch in a Shenhua shirt, as he saw his outlandish free-kick tipped round the post.
The Shenhua faithful will be hoping Drogba can improve their stuttering form, with the Chinese side only managing four wins of 17 games in the league this season.
The former Stamford Bridge favourite, who was reunited with Nicolas Anelka on his debut, set up Shenhua's equaliser with a delicious through ball to Cao Yunding, who rounded the goalkeeper and slid the ball home.
Hosts Guangzhou had taken a 22nd-minute lead through a Moises own goal but 12th-placed Shenhua drew level in the 68th minute.
Powerhouse: Drogba (left) terrorised his opponents throughout the second half
Close call: Drogba came off the bench and made an instant impact
As well as Drogba's freekick, he troubled the Guangzhou keeper again later in the half, and wreaked havoc with his movement and power.
Elsewhere, Jiangsu Shuntian moved back to within four points of league leaders Guangzhou Evergrande with a 3-2 home victory over Tianjin Taida.
All five goals were scored in the first half, with Jiangsu netting through Aleksandar Jevtic (10), Ji Xiang (23) and leading scorer Cristian Danalache (42), while Tianjin responded with an own goal from Lu Bofei (21) and a Vladimir Jovancic strike (26).
Looking sharp: Drogba donned the No 11 shirt on his first appearance
The victory sees Jiangsu remain within touching distance of Evergrande, who won yesterday, and five clear of third-placed Guizhou Renhe, who fought back from an early deficit to beat Shanxi Zhongxin 3-1 today.
Johnny had given visiting Shanxi a fifth-minute lead but Guizhou hit back with second-half goals from Hao Yang (51), Chen Jie (83) and Zlatan Muslimovic (86).
In this weekend's other games, Dalian Shide and Changchun Yatai claimed 2-1 wins over Qingdao Zhongneng and Liaoning, respectively.
James Chamanga struck a 77th-minute winner for Dalian after Qingdao's Bruno Meneghel had cancelled out a 35th-minute opener from Yan Xiangchuang.
Changchun scored twice in the final 18 minutes through Dong Wang (72) and Liu Weidong (86) to claim the points after Liaoning had taken a 65th-minute lead through Yu Hanchao.
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