Elkeson netted a hat-trick as defending champions Guangzhou Evergrande maintained their six-point lead at the top of the Super League following a comfortable 6-0 victory over lowly Liaoning.
Elkeson opened the scoring midway through the first half before Alessandro Diamanti made it 2-0 at the break. Elkeson added his second and third goals of the match at each end of the second half – either side of efforts by Rene Junior and Alberto Gilardino. The result leaves Liaoning struggling in second bottom, while Evergrande reached 54 points at the top.
Six points further back, Beijing Guoan claimed a 2-0 victory over Harbin Yiteng thanks to goals from Dejan Damjanovic and Chengdong Zhang to leave bottom side Harbin four points adrift.
Shanghai SIPG missed the chance to move into third as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Shanghai Shenhua. Kun Jiang handed the home side a half-time lead before SIPG hit back with an equaliser from Zhengrong Zhu to rescue a point.
Hangzhou Greentown recorded a 3-1 home win over Jiangsu Shuntian to move above Shanghai Shenxin into 11th thanks to brace from Anselmo Ramon after Davy Angan’s opener, with Elias on target for the visitors.
Binbin Liu and Lin Dai handed Shandong Luneng a 2-1 win at Henan Jianye with Zhang Lu’s second-half equaliser proving not enough,2007 Rs Gold, while Xu Yang scored the only goal of the game as Changchun Yatai saw off Guizhou Renhe 1-0.