Guangzhou Evergrande and Hebei CFFC meet at Kunshan Sports Center Stadium, in a second leg of this phase of the CSL (Quarterfinals), after Guangzhou Evergrande won away by (1‑3) in the first leg. The record of direct confrontations of the last 3 years is favorable to the home team, which in the last 7 matches won 5, drew 1 and lost 1. Hebei CFFC presents considerable differences in their results at home and away, therefore that in this game the home factor may be decisive.
Guangzhou Evergrande :
After the away win by (1‑3), the home team comes to this second leg with a 2 goal advantage. This is a team little affected by the home factor, that is, it presents similar results at home and away, since in the last 30 games it has registered 9 wins, 2 draws and 4 losses as a visitor, with 34 goals scored and 22 suffered; against 9 victories, 3 draws and 3 defeats in his stadium, with 22 goals scored and 11 suffered. In their last 7 home games for the championship, Guangzhou Evergrande won 6 and lost 1, taking 18 points out of 21 possible.
In this competition, they have won the last 5 matches they played at home. In the matches played in their stadium there are some results that have been repeated frequently: at half-time 0‑0 (3 in 7 matches) and 1‑0 (3 in 7 matches) and at the end of the match 2‑1 (3 in 7 matches). Their defense has not been very strong, since they have suffered goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored regularly, as they have scored at least one goal in each of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 15 matches in the competition, he conceded the first goal 6 times, but got the comeback in 3.
The Guangzhou Evergrande team enters this quarter-final second leg with one and a half feet in the semi-finals. After a campaign clearly superior to all the rivals with whom he had to measure his strength during the regular season, the team led by Fabio Cannavaro did not manage to go well in the first leg against Hebei, leading to the break at a disadvantage. In the second half, Evergrande’s reaction was very positive and, despite the difficulties they felt in changing the result, the victory turned out to be by two goals difference (1×3), which leaves the team quite comfortable in this match of return. Wu (65 ‘) equalized and Elkeson took advantage of a penalty (87’) to achieve the comeback. Already in the discounts, Wei Shihao (90 + 1 ‘) scored the final 3×1.
Hebei CFFC :
After the defeat at home, the visiting team enters this second leg with a handicap of 2 goals and with the difficult task of recovering this negative result as a visitor. This is a stronger team with the support of its fans, since in the last 30 games it has registered 5 wins, 1 draw and 9 losses as a visitor; against 7 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses in his stadium. In their last away match for this competition, they won (0‑2) against Wuhan Zall. In their last 7 away matches for the championship, Hebei CFFC has registered 3 wins and 4 losses, for which they have won 9 points out of 21 possible. In the games he played as a visitor for the championship there is a score that usually repeats at the end of the 90 ‘, the 3-1, which happened in 3 of his 8 games. The team allowed goals to the opponent in 7 of the last 10 matches, so they have not presented great defensive strength, but their attack has scored regularly, since they always scored at least one goal in the last 10 matches for this competition. This is a team that does not usually find it difficult to open the scoring: they scored the first goal in 12 of the last 15 games for the CSL, of these 12 they reached the break in 7 and managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90s ‘at 7.
At the entrance to this tie against the national champions, Hebei China Fortune already knew they had a very difficult task. However, he reached these quarter-finals with the feeling of duty accomplished, since, ensuring the qualification for the play-offs of the champion in Group B, the great goal of achieving maintenance was already assured. In the first leg, the team led by Xie Feng spent most of the time off the ball and defending, but nevertheless managed to score first, at minute 38, by Yin Hongbo. In the second half, Hebei stayed almost exclusively in their defensive midfield, but failed to protect their goal from Guangzhou Evergrande until the end of the match, conceding not one, but three goals, leaving the qualifying situation for the semi-finals quite a bit. complicated.