Shanghai SIPG broke Guangzhou Evergrande’s near-decade stranglehold on Chinese football on Wednesday (Nov 7), winning the Chinese Super League (CSL) for the first time.
SIPG coach Vitor Pereira has achieved what his more famous predecessor Andre Villas-Boas could not, winning the club’s first major trophy since its founding in 2005.
SIPG, who have the expensive Brazilian duo of Oscar and Hulk, wrapped up the title with a game to spare thanks to a 2-1 victory over Beijing Renhe.
Shanghai #SIPG sealed the 2018 Chinese Super League title on Wednesday with a 2-1 win over Beijing Renhe, denying Guangzhou Evergrande a record-extending eighth title in Chinese soccer’s top flight. (Photo: IC) pic.twitter.com/QHvT4C0cRH
— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) November 7, 2018
Oscar made his official debut for Shanghai SIPG, after signing for them from Chelsea in December, 2016 for £60 million. After a year to acclimatize, Oscar led Shanghai right to the very top, usurping the seven-time winners and claiming their first CSL title.
This is only Shanghai’s sixth season in the top flight, after getting promoted in 2013, but with the help of six-time highest scoring Chinese player in CSL, Wu Lei, and Brazilian talents like HULK and Oscar, they finally did the unthinkable.
Oscar himself had an amazing season, scoring 12 goals and grabbing a record 18 assists in the league, breaking an 11-year record set by Aleksandar Živković in 2007.
Champions 😃🙏🏻🏆 pic.twitter.com/lfi8i6WQH9
— Oscar (@oscar8) November 7, 2018
He had some wonderful performances this season like in the 8-0 hammering of Dalian Yifang where he scored a hat-trick and grabbed a brace of assists on top of that.
Another great performance came with two assists in Shanghai’s 2-1 home win over the powerhouse Guangzhou Evergrande in mid-September.