Guizhou Renhe inflicted more Super League misery on Shanghai Shenhua with a 4-2 win.
Rafa Jorda, Dino Djulbic, Chen Jie and Sun Feng were on target for the host, with Joel Griffiths and Didier Drogba replying for Shanghai.
Jiangsu Shuntian missed the chance to move clear of its rivals at the top of the table as it fell to a 1-0 loss at Qingdao Zhongneng.
It will lose top spot in the table on Sunday evening (local time) if Guangzhou Evergrande wins its game in hand against Shandong Luneng.
Beijing Guoan was beaten 3-1 by Dalian Aerbin to leave it outside the top three.
An own goal from Wang Hongyou got Beijing on the scoreboard but it came too late for the visitor.
Shanxi Zhongxi remains second from bottom in the standings after a 1-0 loss at home to Tianjin Taida, whose goal came from Vladimir Jovanicic.
James Chamanga scored twice for Dalian Shide but it was not enough to stave off a 3-2 defeat at Liaoning.
Socceroos star Tim Cahill did it again for New York Red Bulls with a stoppage time winner in the 1-0 Major Soccer League win over Los Angeles Galaxy at Red Bull Arena.