Shanghai Shenhua Seizes 2024 Chinese Super Cup with 1-0 Triumph Over City Rival Port

Shanghai Shenhua clinched the 2024 Chinese Super Cup, narrowly defeating city rival Shanghai Port 1-0. The decisive moment came in the 54th minute when Swiss striker Cephas Malele capitalized on a rebound following a corner attack by Xu Haoyang. Shenhua’s Russian head coach, Leonid Slutsky, credited the team’s preparedness and the fervent support from Shenhua fans for the victory.

The first half showcased an evenly matched contest, with both teams creating close opportunities. Shenhua’s Andre Luis and Malele, along with Port’s Matias Vargas, had chances to break the deadlock, but precision eluded their shots. The pivotal moment arrived in the second half when Malele capitalized on a rebound, securing the only goal of the match.

Malele, a key figure in the game, had additional scoring opportunities, including a one-on-one attempt in the 60th minute, thwarted by Port goalie Yan Junling. Despite Malele finding the net again in the 83rd minute, the goal was disallowed for offside, contributing to heightened tension on the pitch, especially after a dispute with Port’s Liu Xialong.

As the match progressed, Port faced challenges, with Brazilian midfielder Matheus Jussa receiving his second yellow card in the 85th minute, resulting in his expulsion. Reduced to ten players, the defending Chinese Super League champions couldn’t overturn the score, marking their first defeat of the year.

Shenhua’s victory signals a confident start to the new season, with Coach Slutsky emphasizing their persistence and intention to maintain a competitive edge. Meanwhile, Port’s head coach, Kevin Muscat, acknowledged the match’s good atmosphere but expressed the need for improvement, particularly in the second half.

This Super Cup clash, a city derby between Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai Port, lived up to expectations, providing a thrilling start to the Chinese football season. As both teams reflect on their performances, the stage is set for a compelling and competitive season ahead in the Chinese Super League.

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