Nigeria forward Obafemi Martins was in action as Shanghai Shenhua suffered a 2-0 loss to Guangzhou Evergrande at the Dalian Sports Center Stadium on Saturday.
Martins replaced Yang Xu in the 64th minute of the encounter.
Wei Shihao bagged a brace for the home team coached by Italy legend Fabio Cannavaro.
Martins recently rejoined Shanghai Shenhua as replacement for compatriot Odion Ighalo.
The 35-year-old has been without a club since leaving the Flower of Shenhua in 2018 after suffering a hamstring injury.
Shanghai Shenhua will face Shenzhen in their next game at the Hongkou Football Stadium on July 30.