Original title: The FA Cup was a big upset
Tianjin Daily News (Reporter Shen Wei) Yesterday, the Chinese Football Association Cup played two semi-finals in Suzhou. If it is reasonable for the Shandong Taishan team to beat the Shanghai Shenhua team 2:0, then the Zhejiang team beat the Shanghai Haigang team 5:3 in the penalty shootout, which is definitely not a small upset.
Judging from the starting line, although the number of foreign aid sent by the Zhejiang team dominates, it seems that the outside world is more optimistic about the Shanghai Port team in this semi-final. Wu Lei said in an interview before the match that after losing hope for the Chinese Super League championship, the team set its sights on the FA Cup championship. For this reason, the Shanghai Port team also remembered the famous star Oscar in particular, hoping to use his skills and experience to help the team win the championship.
Judging from the general data, the performance of the two teams is evenly matched. As the offensive end was very threatening, both teams focused on the defensive level, leaving few opportunities for the opponent. During stoppage time, Lu Wenjun’s header hit the opponent’s crossbar and went out, and both teams went into penalty kicks. For Lu Wenjun, the nightmare was not over yet, his penalty kick hit the crossbar again, and the Shanghai Seaport team finally lost the game 3:5.
The Zhejiang team’s victory in this semi-final is not an accident at all, because in the two games in the Super League in the 2022 season, they maintained a record of 1 win and 1 draw against the Shanghai Seaport team. The Zhejiang team managed to win, thanks to their head coach Jody. Compared to Xi Zhikang, the acting head coach of the Shanghai Port Team, Jody is better in team formation and overall tactical adjustment.
There is no doubt that the Zhejiang team, which has not signed on a large scale, has performed very well in the 2022 season. It came third in the league and reached the final of the English FA Cup. Jody’s transition from the team has been very successful, and his overall technical and tactical style is very consistent with the established philosophy of the club, which is why he is so popular. In contrast, the Seaport Shanghai team, which invested a lot, ended in two losses. Fortunately, the team won the AFC Champions League the next season, which is a blessing in disguise.
In another semi-final, the Shandong Taishan team defeated the Shanghai Shenhua team 2-0 with goals from Song Long and Moises, and advanced to the final of the FA Cup for 5 consecutive years. However, top star Kreisan was sent off for pushing the other player, and will not be able to take part in the final.