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Selnæs and Shenzhen turned to victory in overtime

Ole Selnæs and his Shenzhen seemed to come down to earth with home loss against Tianjin in Chinese elite series, but turned to 2-1 victory with two goals in overtime.

Renatinho gave the guests an early lead, and it stood until the clock had passed 90 minutes. Tianjin defended himself perfectly until the left back Mi Haolun was expelled in the 88th minute, but then it hit.

Harold Preciado offset the penalty and made the preparation when Zhang Yuan put in 2-1, which also resulted.

Selnæs played the whole match on the home team midfield. In the debut match last weekend, the Norwegian was the big hero with two goals and an assist when Hebei China Fortune was beaten 3-1.

Shenzhen is one of four teams with full pot after two series rounds. The others are Shanghai SIPG, Beijing Guoan and Guangzhou Evergrande.

Ola Kamara was not in the fighting squad of Shenzhen.

John Hou Sæter has not yet been on the pitch for Beijing Guoan in the series, nor on Saturday’s 4-0 win over Chongqing Lifan. He and English Nico Yennaris, both of whom have Chinese mother, were taken on condition that they became naturalized as Chinese and thus did not burden the alien quota. Now the authorities should have tightened their access to using naturalized players, and so far none of them have been playing.

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