Goals from French forward Anthony Modeste and Chinese midfielder Sun Ke put Tianjin 2-0 ahead, and while Feng Xiaoting's response from Guangzhou set up a tense final half hour, Fabio Cannavaro's men held on to claim three points.
The result, coupled with Hebei China Fortune's 5-4 defeat at Shandong Luneng, saw Tianjin leapfrog Hebei for a third place finish in the CSL. They will have a playoff game at home at the Haihe Educational Football Stadium, with the winner qualifying for the group stages. For those who like to plan ahead, that game is scheduled for Tuesday, January 30, 2018.
Tianjin Quanjian join Guangzhou Evergrande and Shanghai SIPG as the first three of China's representatives in the AFC Champions League, with the fourth spot being filled by the winner of the FA Cup (or fourth place Hebei should SIPG win the FA Cup).
Watch highlights of the match below (VPN off):
[Cover image via ifeng.com]