Nigerian international, Odion Ighalo was on target in Shanghai Shenhua’s 2-1 loss to Shenzhen in a Chinese Super League game at Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre on Sunday.
It was his seventh goal in eight games, but it was not enough to help the Flower of Shanghai avoid defeat
Ighalo leveled for his side from the penalty spot in the 76th minute after Li Yuanyi had given Juan Ramon Lopez Caro’s men the lead.
Harold Preciado scored moments before the end of the game to deny the Flower of Shanghai a share of the points. Ighalo featured for the duration of the game, while Senegal international, Cheikh M’Bengue, who ended with the winning side was substituted in the 28th minute for Qiao Wei.
With the defeat, Shanghai Shenhua had dropped to 11th spot on the table, with seven points from eight games.
On the international scene, the 29-year-old striker would be expected to play a significant role for the Super Eagles in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, scheduled for June and July.