Guangzhou Evergrande established a seven-point lead at the top of the Chinese Super League after battling to a hard-fought 2-1 win at Henan Jianye.
Third-placed Beijing Guoan fell off the pace as it went down to a 2-0 defeat at home to Hangzhou Greentown, Marcelino (13) and Renatinho (81) with the goals.
Utaka netted on the stroke of the break and twice in the second half, while
Wang Yongpo (62 pen) and
Chinese Super League
David Beckham began a seven-day visit to China on Monday, sprinkling stardust at a charity event as the domestic game reels from its latest humiliation.