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M’Bia sent off as Wuhan FC lose to Tianjin Tigers


The former Cameroon international received the marching orders as the Han army’s miserable start to the season continued against the Tigers.

Stephane M’Bia received the marching orders as Wuhan FC suffered a 2-1 loss to Tianjin Tigers in Monday’s Chinese Super League meeting.

The 34-year-old has won his fourth start of the 2021 campaign; however, he did not finish the game after being penalized for refusing an obvious opportunity to score goals.

M’Bia lost possession to Ba Dun as he tried to dribble past Beijing player Guoan. As Dun headed for the goal, the Cameroonian beat him to prevent him from scoring.

The move prompted referee Jing Wang to lead the way for the African star.

The African star has now been expelled nine times during his career, receiving his first red card on January 14, 2007, against Olympique de Marseille during his visit to Rennes.

Despite playing with a downed man, the visiting team tied the Tigers in all departments of the game.

Nonetheless, the hosts took the lead a minute before the half-time break as Zihao Yang beat goalie Zhifeng Wang from close range.

Taking advantage of a well-taken cross from Yumiao Qian, the defender took advantage of Wuhan’s shambolic defense to pass Wang.

Four minutes after the start of the second half, Honglue Zhao leveled things for the Han Army with a stunner. Receiving a pass from Tian Yinong outside the goal area, the squeezed left-back pierced a long-range beauty in front of goalkeeper Shangkun Teng.

Nine minutes after the hour, Jules Iloki restored the advantage to Xiaopeng Li’s men via the penalty spot.

After Ye Chongqiu challenged Zhao Yingjie inside the box, Wang indicated the spot after VAR reruns.

Illoki converted the resulting kick despite the goalkeeper guessing the right direction.

Even in their late rally, the visitors returned home with their heads bowed – to extend their unimpressive run.

Since the start of the new season, they have yet to win any of the five games losing three times and settling for a draw twice.

With their latest result, they sit at the bottom of the Super League table with just two points. While the Tigers climbed to sixth place after accumulating four points in the same number of outings.

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