Shanghai SIPG confirmed their second-place finish in the Chinese Super League with a 4-2 victory at Henan Jianye on Sunday.
Trailing 1-0 at the interval, their talismanic forward Hulk stepped up for a free-kick some 30 yards from goal – and then unleashed a hammer of a shot which flew past the helpless Henan keeper at his near post.
With their tails up after equalising, Andre Villas-Boas's team went on to score three more as Hulk netted his second of the game late on in added time.
The penultimate round of seasonal fixtures has given Shanghai SIPG a six-point lead over third-placed Hebei. They trail Luiz Felipe Scolari's league leaders Guangzhou Evergrande by the same margin, however, so will have to settle for a runners-up spot.
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