The former Chelsea striker started the game on the bench but came on at half time. Shenhua had fallen behind to an own goal by Brazilian defender Moises on 21 minutes.

Shanghai Shenhua’s Didier Drogba (centre) celebrates a goal with teammates. PIC/AFP

Drogba’s biggest contribution came in the 68th minute with an exquisite through ball which found Shanghainese playmaker Cao Yunding, who rounded the keeper to equalise for his side.