Guangzhou Evergrande extended their unbeaten run in the Chinese Super League to 18 matches with a 3-0 win over Beijing Guoan on Wednesday.
Defender Sun Xiang opened the scoring for Marcello Lippi's men after 12 minutes, before Dario Conca doubled their advantage from the penalty spot 11 minutes before half-time.
The league leaders were in command throughout the game and duly sealed the points when top scorer Elkeson netted his 19th goal of the campaign after 66 minutes.
Shandong Luneng are some 13 points behind the runaway leaders in second, but they at least kept their title hopes alive with a 2-0 success against Guangzhou R&F on Thursday. Roda Antar and Gilberto Macena did the damage with goals either side of half-time.
Guizhou Renhe were unable to capitalise on Beijing's slip up, as they were held to a 1-1 draw at bottom club Wuhan Zall.
Forward Yu Hai put the visitors in front early on, but Serbian striker Milos Stojanovic equalised for the home side just before the half-hour mark.
Liaoning Whowin left it late to claim a point against Shanghai Shenhua, Brazilian attacker Edu levelling in the 97th minute with his 12th of the season after Firas Al Khatib had given Shenhua the lead.
Changhun Yatai were another side to benefit from heroics in the closing stages, as Zhang Wenzhao equalised three minutes from time at Qingdao Jonoon to boost their survival hopes following Joel Griffiths' 56th minute opener.
However, Tianjin Teda fared better in their latest effort to avoid relegation as they moved two points clear of the drop zone thanks to Bare's third minute goal, which earned them a 1-0 win at Hangzhou.
Shanghai SIPG were left to settle for a point against Dalian Aerbin despite twice taking the lead.
Australian Daniel McBreen opened the scoring on 26 minutes, but former Barcelona midfielder Seydou Keita drew the teams level just after the half-hour mark.
Wang Jiajie re-established command for the hosts five minutes into the second half, but Sun Bo had the final say with his late strike to earn a share of the spoils for Dalian.
Elsehwere, Shanghai Shenxin did little to aid their chances of staying in the division. Kieza's 62nd-minute strike was only enough to earn a draw from their clash with Jiangsu Sainty, who had gone in front through Wu Xi four minutes before the interval.
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