A goal from Australian striker Joel Griffiths could not prevent Shanghai Shenhua suffering a second successive defeat in the Chinese Super League, going down 3-1 at home to Changchun Yatai.
Liu Weidong grabbed an early double for the visitor before Marquinhos netted a penalty.
Griffiths scored Shenhua's lone goal late in the first half.
Leader Guangzhou Evergrande preserved its three-point advantage at the top after a 1-1 draw at second-placed Jiangsu Shuntian.
The visitor got off to a shocking start when
Beijing Guoan consolidated third spot with an impressive 2-0 win at Qingdao Zhongneng.
Brazilian Davi grabbed the opener after four minutes and
Fourth-placed Guizhou Renhe could only manage a 1-1 draw at Hangzhou Greentown.
One-time A-League defender Dino Djulbic put Guizhou ahead in the first-half but the host equalised three minutes later through Renatinho.
Anselmo also netted a brace in Shanxi Zhongxin's 4-1 victory at Dalian Shide.
His double was sandwiched by goals from
Adriano had earlier opened the scoring for Dalian, who remain third bottom.
A late Gao Do goal gave Shandong Luneng a 1-1 draw against Liaoning, who had gone ahead through
Socceroos coach Holger Osieck believes veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has a key role to play in their FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.