WATCH: Guangzhou Evergrande Beat R&F in FA Cup Goalfest

By Ned Kelly, August 4, 2017

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This week's Chinese FA Cup quarter finals saw an absolute goalfest as city rivals Guangzhou Evergrande and Guangzhou R&F vied for a place in the semis. R&F were the favorites to proceed after a 4-2 victory in the first leg at the Yuexiushan Stadium. But never rule out six-times defending CSL champions Evergrande, who stormed to a 7-2 victory at the Tianhe Stadium, making it a ridiculous 9-6 on aggregate.

Evergrande's goals came from Muriqui (2), Alan (2), Yu Hanchao, Gao Lin and Zhang Chenglin, R&F's from Renatinho and Zahavi. R&F also had Chen Zhizhao dismissed for a second yellow card in the 42nd minute, with the tie poised at 5-5.

   

Evergrande will play Shanghai SIPG in the semi final. That means the trophy-chasing rivals will meet an incredible six times this season, after their CSL meetings and upcoming two-legged AFC Champions League quarter final.

Shanghai SIPG also completed the unlikely second leg comeback to set up that semi. Tasked with reversing a 3-0 drubbing by Tianjin Quanjian in the first leg, they pulled it off at the Shanghai Stadium with a 4-0 win. Goals came from Oscar, Zheng Zhiyun and a brace from the Hulk.

   

The big upset of the quarter finals came at Jinshian Football Stadium, where, having drawn the first 2-2 in Nanjing, second tier Shanghai Shenxin dumped Chinese Super League big-spenders Jiangsu Suning out with a 2-1 win, both goals coming from Brazilian Biro Biro. Jiangsu's goal came from Ji Xiang. It is a result that will further put pressure on Jiangsu's World Cup winning coach Fabio Capello.


Shenxin will play city rivals Shanghai Shenhua in the semi final, who saw out a 0-0 draw with Shandong Luneng at the Hongkou Football Stadium, having won the first leg 3-0 away from home.


Those two-legged semi finals will take place as follows:

Aug 15-16-17 TBC, Shanghai SIPG vs Guangzhou Evergrande, Shanghai Stadium
Sep 19-20-21 TBC Guangzhou Evergrande vs Shanghai SIPG, Tianhe Stadium

Aug 15-16-17 TBC, Shanghai Shenhua vs Shanghai Shenxin, Hongkou Football Stadium
Sep 19-20-21 TBC Shanghai Shenxin vs Shanghai Shenhua, Jinshian Football Stadium

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