After Shanghai Shenhua’s shock AFC Champions League exit and rumours of unrest, Carlos Tevez made his Chinese Super League debut on Sunday and marked the occasion with a goal and an assist as his new club beat Jiangsu Suning 4-0.
It has hardly been plain sailing for Tevez since making his record breaking move in January but the 33-year-old made an impact 17 minutes into his league debut with a superb set-piece delivery headed in by Giovanni Moreno.
Before half time, Tevez doubled the lead from the penalty spot and after the break his corner led to a third.
There was still time for the Argentinian to nod the ball down for Moreno to add a fourth and with victory secured, manager Gus Poyet said: “I am extremely happy for Tevez. Goals are important and he has started his CSL journey with goals. The four goals are all linked to him but he needs the team to work as a whole.”
Elsewhere, Ezequiel Lavezzi made his first start for Hebei China Fortune in around nine months in a goalless draw away to Henan Jianye.
Despite being named once again this week by Edgardo Bauza for the Argentina squad, Lavezzi’s last start at club level was on the 22nd of May last year and was understandably rusty in his side’s draw.
However, Lavezzi getting back on the pitch is reason for Bauza to be happy.