Guangzhou Evergrande deserve to win fifth straight CSL title, says Scolari

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Guangzhou Evergrande

won their fifth straight title on Saturday after a Brazilian double gave them a 2-0 win at Beijing Guoan.

Ggoals from Ricardo Goulart and Paulinho at the end of each half, left the Southern Tigers on 67 points, two clear of second placed Shanghai SIPG.

It was a first Chinese title for the former Brazil manager Scolari, who joined the Guangzhou-based club in June to replace the former Italian World Cup-winning captain Fabio Cannavaro.

“It was a fierce match,” 2002 World Cup-winning coach Scolari was quoted as saying by Xinhua.

“We gave our opponents some chances at the beginning of the match, but we found our rhythm and seized the chances.

“We deserve to be the champions. We are definitely a great team. We only had one draw in ten away games since I have been the head coach.

Guangzhou will next travel to Dubai to take on Al-Ahli in the first leg of the Asian Champions League final on 7 November looking for their second continental crown after winning the trophy in 2013.