Former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka has made a big impression in China after scoring on his debut for the Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.
The French striker moved to the Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua in January on a free transfer from Chelsea. He is reported to have signed a contract worth around £ 200,000 per week, which makes him one of the high paid players in the world. He has repaid some of the trust the Chinese club have had in him by scoring in the 3-2 defeat over Beijing Guoan during the weekend. The match was played in front of 51,000 spectators, who went home happy having seen Nicolas Anelka score in the opening match.
Nicolas Anelka was given the honorary captaincy for the match with the usual captain Jiang Kun on the bench for this match. Shanghai Shenhua had a very poor first half, which translated into them losing to their arch rivals in the 60th minute by 2-0. However, the quite impressive comeback by Shanghai Shenhua was started when Griffiths scored from a penalty kick just after their arch rivals had doubled their advantage. Nicolas Anelka scored after just 4 min to equalise the match. However, the joy could not last for long, as Jianquing scored against his former club in the 83rd minute.
Following this, substitute Kun was sent off after receiving a straight red card just minutes before the match entered into injury time. Shenhua were unable to recover from the shock of conceding in the 83rd minute, as they never looked like winning the match despite the presence of Nicolas Anelka. As a result of this defeat, Shenhua are currently without a win in the division after having played two matches so far this campaign. Guoan, meanwhile, will be taking on