Obafemi Martins Fires Shanghai Shenhua To China FA Cup Win, Highest FA Goal Scorer

by Samuel Abasi Last updated on April 7th, 2018,

Shanghai, China : Former Nigeria Super Eagles, Newcastle and Seattle Sounders soccer striker Obafemi Martins was on target in the second leg of the Chinese FA Cup final as his club Shanghai Greenland Shenhua Football Club were crowned champions. Cao Yunding and Obafemi Martins scored two precious away goals for Shenhua.

Despite losing the second leg 3-2 to 10-man Shanghai SIPG FC, Shanghai Shenhua won on away goals rule after winning the first leg 1-0 to end the tie 3-3 on aggregate.

Martins scored the only goal in the first leg 1-0 win for Shanghai Shenhua last weekend.

Wenjun Lue gave Shanghai SIPG the lead in the 16th minute on Sunday before Yunding Cao drew Shanghai Shenhua level on the stroke of half-time.

Martins scored to make it 2-1 to Shanghai Shenhua in the 68th minute but Brazilian forward Hulk made it 2-2 after converting a 72nd minute penalty.

An own goal by Giovanni Andres Moreno in the 76th minute gave Shanghai SIPG a 3-2 lead.

In the 90th minute, Shanghai SIPG were reduced to 10 men following Huan Fu’s sending off.

Shanghai Shenhua won their first Chinese FA Cup title since 1998 and have now won it for the fourth time. Shenhua finished 11th in the Chinese Super League this season.

Obafemi Martins, former Newcastle United, Wolfsburg, Inter Milan, Seattle Sounders and Nigeria striker had a quite prolific season with the Shanghai outfit, scoring seven goals in 1159 minutes from 13 Chinese Super League matches.

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