Super Eagles’ skipper, John Mikel Obi was conspicuously missing in action when Tianjin Teda lost 5-2 at home to Beijing Sinobo Guoan in the Chinese Super League, AOIFootball.com reports.
Mikel was excused for Nigeria’s upcoming fixture away at Seychelles, having only returned to action last weekend and was not also dressed for his side’s matchday 20 clash.
Brazilian striker Renato Augusto was the star of the match as he scored a hat-trick for the away side, with Xizhe Sang and Jonathan Vieira also on target.
Frank Acheampong and Felix Bastos’ goals for the hosts could not help the situation as the game ended 5-2.
The result leaves Teda in 7th place with 26 points after 20 games while Beijing moves to the top of the table with 42 points from the same number of matches.