Guangzhou Evergrande lift fourth consecutive domestic league title

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Guangzhou Evergrande v Yokohama F.Marinos - AFC Champions League

Chinese club giants were crowned the 2014 champions following a 1-1 draw against Shandong Luneng on Sunday evening, marking their fourth consecutive CSL title in four years since returning to the top flight of Chinese football.

Liu Binbin threatened to ruin the party for the hosts with a 12th minute goal from a counter attack, outpacing the Evergrande defence. Shandong continued to threaten, with a few shots narrowly missing the inside of the net, but Brazilian striker Elkeson was able to put the title-winning side back on level terms just minutes from halftime with a shot from outside of the box.

The 2013 AFC Champions League winners were held to the last day by Beijing Guoan, who ended their season with a 0-0 draw to Henan Jianye and three points behind on the league table. Third place Guangzhou R&F were ultimately 13 points adrift of the league leaders, despite a 3-1 win to Jiangsu Sainty on the final day.

Dalian Aerbin scrambled to a 1-1 drawn against Shanghai Shenxin to join Harbin Yiteng as the two relegated clubs and will be replaced by League One sides Chongqing Lifan and Shijiazhuang Yongchang for the 2015 season.

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