Changchun Yatai officially won the China League One Group C with a game to play in the first group stage of the 2020 season.
The Northeastern club, one of the favorites to push for promotion to the Chinese Super League at the start of the season, secured first place in the first round of matches after a convincing 3-1 victory over Kunshan FC.
Kunshan was within easy reach of Changchun entering the match and led 1-0 after just six minutes. Had the result remained as is until the end, it would have taken the last game of the round to determine who officially progressed and which position each team would finish.
Now, however, Changchun Yatai’s position at the top of Group C is undisputed, with Kunshan now five points back in second place and no other team in the group capable of reaching Changchun’s 20 point mark.
Tan Long was the main man to help guide Changchun at the start of the season, with the 2019 China League One MVP scoring his ninth goal in as many games against Kunshan, with Brazilian duo Lucas Souza and Serginho also taking part in the action. .
Now that Changchun has progressed through the promotion squad, they will face Chengdu Better City and Meizhou Hakka, who respectively won their own squads, waiting to see which other teams join them in the promotion and title hunt.
Changchun Yatai boss Chen Yang, who took over from Samvel Babayan earlier this week, will be confident about his side’s chances in the final round, with his side scoring the most goals in the second tier and already conceding the fewest teams. . qualified.
An added bonus for the team that secures their position in the next stage is their inclusion in the second round of the China FA Cup 2020. The first round of the tournament has already taken place, with half of the Chinese Super League clubs already. eliminated due to the new reduced format.
The top eight China League One teams will participate in the draw for the second round alongside the remaining eight teams for the upper tier, which will give them a chance to progress further than in a regular season.
While a cup race would be positive for Changchun Yatai, who has always seemed to overlook competition, this year’s promotional campaign is arguably the most important of all time.
Keeping their best players, especially Tan Long’s, will largely depend on the team’s ability to come back to the top level – so the only focus of their energies should be to win the title and get back on the stage as it is. ‘they really deserve. beat.