The Nigerian got the curtain raiser for the Flower of Shangai before Li Jinyu’s men clawed back to win at the Yutong Sports Center
The former Super Eagles forward who got a starter’s shirt in Gregorio Manzano’s squad gave his side the lead in the 18th minute by that served as mere consolation as the hosts bounced back in the second half.
Jianqing Mao and Yong-Hyung Cho’s goals in the 55th and the 76th minutes respectively handed Li Jinyu’s men the much needed victory as they continue their battle against relegation.
The defeat saw Shenhua drop to fifth place on the Chinese Super League log and they will now face Shandong Luneng in their next game on Sunday.
The strike was Martin’s fourth of the season and he is expected to continue leading his club’s attack in the absence of crocked Senegal’s Demba Ba.