Odion Ighalo’s Changchun Yatai faced relegation in the Chinese Super League after finishing 15th on the log on the last matchday of the league decided on Sunday morning.
The side suffered a 2-0 loss to Dalian Aerbin in the matchday 30 encounter to finish with 32 points.
With former Watford striker’s immense goal contributions – the second highest in the league, Changchun managed to garner 45 goals – better than nine other teams in the league.
Despite being on same points with Tianjin TEDA and Chongqing Dangdai, the injured forward’s team faced the axe due to a sub-par head-to-head record against their other rivals.
Meanwhile, John Obi Mikel’s Tianjin escaped the drop by whiskers despite suffering a 5-1 thrashing by Guangzhou Evergrande on the ultimate matchday.