In the Football Association Cup semi-final, Shandong Luneng eliminated Shanghai Shanggang, Shanghai Shenhua eliminated Dalian, Luneng and Shenhua met in the final. According to the schedule, the two rounds of the final are scheduled for November 1 and December 6, respectively. The league ranking of Luneng and Shenhua is not so important because of the sub Championship qualification of next season. No matter who wins the FA Cup, they will directly get tickets for the next seasons Champions League.
In last nights first leg, Luneng won a small goal with the advantage of home court. For Luneng, it was Italian center Pelle who scored a penalty in the 40th minute of the game to help Luneng win 1:0. For Shenhua, its not unacceptable to lose a goal away from home. Theres still a chance to turn the tables. For Luneng, winning a goal at home is a little insufficient, but considering that Shenhua didnt get the away goal, Luneng also has more adjustment space in the final second leg. Luneng will have a good chance to win the FA Cup as long as he scores one goal away in the second round.
Next, the League will once again enter the intermission period. The 28th round of CSL wont start again until three weeks later, and the second round of FA Cup wont start again until the end of the league.