Shandong Taishan beats Shanghai Port to win CFA Cup title

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CHENGDU, China, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- Jadson's long-distance goal helped Shandong Taishan beat Shanghai Port 1-0 to win the 2021 Chinese Football Association (CFA) Cup at Chengdu Phoenix Hill Sports Park on Sunday.

Shandong, which won the 2021 Chinese Super League title last month, clinched its seventh CFA Cup title, and its third league and cup double in the club's history.

Both sides had chances in the first half but missed them all. Shanghai defender Wang Shenchao made a back pass error in the fifth minute, but goalkeeper Yan Junling denied Shandong's Guo Tianyu.

In the 17th minute, Shanghai made a combination of plays with a corner kick, but Yu Hai's close-range shot couldn't beat Shandong goalkeeper Wang Dalei. Eight minutes later, former Chinese international Yu was forced off with an injury.

Shandong broke the deadlock in the 82nd minute as Jadson's right-footed volley shot from distance went into the top corner, before Zheng Zheng's free-kick hit the crossbar. Shanghai had no time to bounce back and Shandong sealed the 1-0 victory.

The final was notable for being the first game to be held at Chengdu Phoenix Hill Sports Park, becoming the first of the new venues built for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup to stage a game. Enditem

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