Socceroo legend Tim Cahill was on target yet again in China sparking massive scenes as Shanghai Shenhua rolled Beijing Guoan in the ‘national derby’.
Cahill made it five goals from his last six games when he helped Shenhua to a shock 3-1 win over the league leaders at Hongkou Stadium overnight.
Underlining his uncanny ability to be in the right place at the right time the former Everton and New York Red Bulls star shrugged off his defender to tap home from close range for Shanghai’s second of the night.
Also on the scoresheet was former Chelsea striker Demba Ba in his home debut. The club now moves up to sixth on the CSL table.
— Tim Cahill (@Tim_Cahill) July 15, 2015
Cahill, 35, has been in scintillating form over the past month, scoring against Jiangsu Guoxin, Shanghai Shenxin, Guangzhou R&F, Tianjin Teda and now Beijing Guoan.
— (@yichuanwei) July 15, 2015
Also in China, ex-Melbourne Victory skipper Adrian Leijer played a full match as his Chongqing Lifan won 3-1 at Hangzhou Lucheng.
Mitchell Duke got through 82 minutes for Shimizu S-Pulse as they drew 0-0 away to Kashima Antlers while Matt Smith was also involved in a 0-0 draw in Thailand as Bangkok Glass were held by Buriram United.
Striker Nathan Burns was an unused substitute for FC Tokyo as they beat Albirex Niigata 3-1.
In Europe, Tom Rogic was also left on the bench as Celtic won their UEFA Champions League first leg qualifier 2-0 at home to UMF Stjarnan.
Adam Federici kept a clean sheet in his 45 minutes on the field for AFC Bournemouth in their 4-1 friendly win against Philadelphia Union, while Mathew Leckie also played half a game for FC Ingolstadt in their 2-0 win over FC Brno.