JINAN, China, Oct. 6 (Xinhua) -- Guangzhou Evergrande won their third consecutive Chinese Super league (CSL) title after beating Shandong Luneng 4-2 here on Sunday.
Marcello Lippi's side have defeated every of the 15 other teams in the top flight to clinch the title with still four games remaining.
Lippi said it was "harvest time", both for him and the team.
"It's been one year and a half since I took the helm at Evergrande. Our team improved a lot both physically and tactically. Now it is harvest time," the 65-year-old Italian said after the match.
"It is not easy for us to win the title with four games yet to play, especially considering we are playing far from home against our strongest opponent in the league," he added.
Before this match, Radomir Antic hoped Shandong Luneng could delay Evergrande's bid to win the league title, only to see Lippi's side break the deadlock just six minutes after the kickoff.
Gilbeto Macena leveled the score for the home team four minutes later but Rong Hao put Guangzhou ahead again in the 39th minute and Gao Lin made it 3-1 in 47th minute. Evergrande sealed the victory through a goal from Zheng Zhi in the 64th minute.
Roda Antar scored a consolation goal for Shandong in the 77th minute.
Antic admitted Guangzhou were the better side, not only in this match, but during the whole season.
"Congratulation to Guangzhou, they deserve the victory and the championship, they are the pride of Chinese football," the 64-year-old Serbian said after the match.
However, Lippi's ambition was far from being fulfilled as he has already set his sights on a "trophy treble". Besides the domestic league title, Evergrande are chasing the Chinese FA Cup and the AFC Champions league titles.
Evergrande became the first Chinese club to reach the final of AFC Champions league after breezing past Kashiwa Reysol 4-0 in Wednesday's semifinal second leg. They will meet in the final FC Seoul, who beat Esteghlal 4-2 on aggregate.
"We are focusing on AFC Champions league first, since the FA Cup comes later in November," Lippi said.