Yannick Carrasco was on target as Dalian Yifang's 2-0 CSL win over Changchun Yatai spared last year's second division champions demotion.
Shanghai SIPG brought Guangzhou Evergrande's dominance of the Chinese Super League to an end, claiming the title for the first time.
Guangzhou Evergrandeare aiming for a record-extending eighth successive title and three more victories would deliver it.
Draw means defending champions Guangzhou Evergrande closed the gap on Vitor Pereira's side after a 6-1 thrashing of Beijing Renhe on Saturday.
Wu Lei scored twice as Shanghai SIPG restored their four-point gap at the top of the Chinese Super League with a 5-0 thrashing of Guizhou Zhicheng.
The former Fiorentina coach, who took over from Fabio Cannavaro last November, has been replaced on an interim basis by Shen Xiangfu.
Paulo Sousa left his position as head coach of Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian by mutual consent on Thursday, the club announced.
Roger Schmidt's Beijing Guoan slipped to a 1-0 defeat to league leaders Shanghai SIPG on Saturday.
Huang Zhengyu's own goal just before the hour gave struggling Chongqing the lead only for R&F striker Xiao Zhi to level 10 minutes later.
A Wellington Phoenix bid to sign veteran Nigerian striker Obafemi Martins to a marquee A-League contract has failed.
Shandong Luneng ended a three-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over Guangzhou R&F on Sunday that keeps alive their hopes of a CSL title.
Yang Liyu's added-time goal kept Guangzhou Evergrande within touching distance of Beijing Guoan as they claimed a win over Shanghai Shenhua.
Odion Ighalo's 89th-minute goal for Changchun Yatai denied Chris Coleman's Hebei China Fortune a second straight win.
After playing in just 11 games for Guangzhou, Serbia international midfielder Nemanja Gudelj is off for a yearlong loan to Portugal's Sporting.
Nice announced earlier this week that Balotelli would remain at the club for a third successive season after having been expected to leave.
Nigeria captain John Mikel Obi is unlikely to leave Chinese Super League club Tianjin TEDA in the near future, according to his coach.
Brazil midfielder, who rejoined Guangzhou in July after a season with Barcelona, gave his side the lead after 15 minutes.
Parma have completed the signing of former Arsenal and Roma winger Gervinho.
Tianjin Quanjian threw away a two-goal lead before salvaging a late point in a 3-3 draw with Beijing Renhe in the Chinese Super League on Sunday.
Li Zhang was fined 42,000 yuan after the Chinese Football Association ruled that the midfielder had 'caused chaos.'
Former Netherlands international Jordi Cruyff succeeds ex-Portugal coach.
The move reunites 26-year-old Sainsbury with Mark van Bommel, who took charge of PSV after completing his role as assistant with Australia.
Witsel made six appearances for Belgium at the World Cup in Russia as they finished third, and has won a total of 96 caps.
Renato Augusto earned Beijing Guoan a share of the points as Sunday's top-of-the-table clash with Shandong Luneng ended in a 1-1 draw.
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