PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: John Obi Mikel – Nigerian helps Tianjin Teda rise into top half of CSL

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: John Obi Mikel – Nigerian helps Tianjin Teda rise into top half of CSL
Zunis Stopilla of Zambia challenges Obi Mikel of Nigeria during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier football match between Nigeria and Zambia on 07 October 2017 at Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo, Nigeria ©Kabiru Abubakar/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Monday Apr 23, 2018. 10:00

Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel has helped his club Tianjin Teda rise into the top half of the Chinese Super League after they played to a 1-1 draw away to log leaders Shanghai SIPG on Sunday.

The match at the Shanghai Stadium saw Tianjin claim an early lead through a goal from Ghanaian forward Frank Acheampong in the sixth minute.

However, Shanghai struck back 12 minutes into the second stanza when Brazilian midfielder Oscar teed up Lu Wenjun to make it 1-1.

The result saw Tianjin rise into eighth place on the CSL log, 10 points adrift of their opponents after seven rounds of matches in the 2018 season.

The match saw Mikel and Oscar reunited, with the pair having been teammates together at Premier League giants Chelsea.

The 30-year-old Super Eagles player could be in action again as soon as Wednesday, with Tianjin playing away to Wuhan Zall in the fourth round of the Chinese FA Cup.




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