Cleo brace guides Guangzhou Evergrande to Chinese Super Cup title

The reigning Chinese Super League champions looked in good form ahead of the new campaign, claiming the first piece of silverware for the term
Brazilian striker Cleo's double has earned big-spending Guangzhou Evergrande their first piece of silverware for the season after a 2-1 Chinese Super Cup victory over Tianjin Teda on Saturday.

In the precursor to the 2012 Chinese Super League (CSL) season between the reigning league champions and 2011 FA Cup winners, Guangzhou took the lead early and never looked back.

Guangzhou captain Li Jianhua set up the opening goal after just two minutes, assisting ex-Partizan Belgrade striker Cleo.

On 21 minutes, Tianjin's Wang Xinxin went close to levelling the scores, while Guangzhou almost went further ahead late in the half through 2011 CSL MVP Muriqui.

However, Guangzhou would add to their tally three minutes into the second half, when Gao Lin found Cleo to make it 2-0.

Tianjin skipper Wang Xinxin would pull a goal back on 83 minutes but in the end it was mere consolation.

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