Beijing wins first China Super League title

BEIJING: Beijing Guoan football club brought the capital its first Chinese Super League title on Saturday by closing its season with an emphatic 4-0 victory over Hangzhou Lucheng.

Beijing had only to pull out a win against bottom-dwelling Hangzhou at home but did so easily, helped by a hat trick from Honduran Emil Martinez before a packed house at Worker's Stadium.

The victory left it top of the Super League table on 51 points, ahead of Changchun Yatai's 50 points.

Authorities mobilised heavy security for the match to prevent violence after large numbers of fans failed to secure tickets despite camping out in chilly weather for up to two nights, according to state media.

No unrest was immediately reported.

Beijing have been in contention for the championship before, finishing second during the 2007-2008 season and third last year, but have never been able to finish on top.

Last month, in an effort to improve their chances, fiery South Korean coach Lee Jan-Soo was sacked with the side tied for second with seven matches left.

After firing Lee, Beijing won three and drew three.