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Ighalo’s club relegated as Mikel escapes with Tianjin


Striker Odion Ighalo’s Chinese Super League club, Changchun Yatai, have dropped to the second division after they lost 2-0 to Dalian Yifang at the Dalian Sports Center Stadium in Sunday’s final league game.

Four teams were battling to avoid joining already relegated GuizhouZhicheng in dropping into China League One on a thrilling finale to the CSL campaign.

Tianjin Teda, Chongqing Lifan, Changchun Yatai and Dalian were all locked on 32 points going into the last game of the season

Dalian, coached by former Real Madrid player and manager Bernd Schuster, occupied the last relegation place ahead of kick-off because of their inferior goal difference.


But, in front of their fans, they had their fate in their own hands because they faced Changchun.


Colombian striker Duvier Riascos scored with a header midway through the first half for the hosts, putting them within sight of safety. Belgium international Yannick Carrasco then added a fine individual goal to help save Dalian from relegation on a nail-biting final day in the Chinese Super League.

Carrasco, who went to China at the start of the season for a reported 30 million euros from Atletico Madrid, struck in the 64th minute.


The 25-year-old winger evaded two weak challenges on the left before darting into the box and lashing the ball low into the far corner. Defeat condemned Changchun, CSL champions in 2007, to the drop and Carrasco fell to his kneel.


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