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Pato scores as Tianjin Quanjian beat Shanghai Shenhua, move into third

Pato scores as Tianjin Quanjian beat Shanghai Shenhua, move into third
From ESPN - July 16, 2017

Zhao Xuri scored twice as Tianjin Quanjian handed Shanghai Shenhua a 3-0 defeat as Fabio Cannavaro's side moved into third place in the Chinese Super League standings.

Alexandre Pato also found the back of the net as Tianjin moved two points clear of Hebei CFFC and into the final qualifying place for next year's Asian Champions League.

Tianjin are eight points behind league leaders Guangzhou Evergrande, who maintained their position at the summit with victory over Shandong Luneng on Saturday.

"Although Shenhua are going through some difficult moments, their lineup has a lot of strong players, so I kept telling my players to maintain their focus and determination," said Cannavaro.

"We answered this challenge with our performance. The match was very enjoyable, but we have to forget that we won as soon as possible because we have not achieved anything significant."

Zhao put Tianjin in front in the 23rd minute before doubling his side's lead nine minutes later while Pato added the third six minutes into the second half as last season's second division champions picked up their fourth league win in a row.

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