Ahead of the Asian Cup, the Chinese national soccer team suffered a 1-2 shock defeat against Hong Kong, which is considered relatively weak for the first time in 39 years.
Hong Kong media “Hong Kong Radio Television” reported on the 2nd (Korea Standard Time), “The Hong Kong men’s soccer team beat China in an A match for the first time in nearly 40 years in a friendly match.”
China held a closed friendly match with Hong Kong at Baniyas Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, ahead of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup in Qatar on the 12th.
This was a mock test to adjust to the local situation ahead of the Asian Cup. Hong Kong is in Group A along with Qatar, Tajikistan and Lebanon, the host country of the Asian Cup. Hong Kong will also participate in the event and compete in Group C along with Iran, the UAE, and Palestine.
With the two teams participating in the Asian Cup having a friendly match in the Middle East, China, which is relatively strong, was expected to win. According to the FIFA rankings released in December 2023, China ranked 79th and Hong Kong ranked 150th.
There was a big difference in FIFA ranking, so China expected to beat Hong Kong without difficulty, but the result was China’s 1-2 shock defeat.
On this day, China began to take the lead with Tan Long’s first goal in the 9th minute of the first half, but gave up an equalizer to Hong Kong striker Pun Fuihin in the 6th minute of the second half. China, which lost its lead, was outnumbered by midfielder Wang Sangyuan in the 11th minute of the second half, and eventually turned the game around when Pun Fuihin, the main character of the equalizer, scored a come-from-behind goal in the 14th minute of the second half.랭크카지노
China desperately needs an equalizer, but even defender Wu Shao-chung received a red card at the 27th minute in the second half, forcing China to fight with nine players. At the 18th minute in the second half, a member of the coaching staff was also sent off. After all, China failed to overcome its numerical inferiority and bowed its head after losing to Hong Kong 1-2 in the first game of the new year in 2024.
It was a friendly match, but the loss against Hong Kong gave a big shock to Chinese soccer fans. It is the first time in about 39 years that China lost to Hong Kong after losing 1-2 to the FIFA Mexico World Cup qualifying round on May 19, 1985. Including the result of penalty shootout, it gave Hong Kong a victory for the first time in 29 years since the 1995 Diners Cup.
In addition, Hong Kong is the first team to participate in the Asian Cup in 54 years, so the loss of the friendly match from China’s point of view, which is seeking to advance to the tournament, has intensified anxiety ahead of the tournament.
Ahead of the opening of the Asian Cup, China has prepared a total of three friendly matches. Just like the match against Hong Kong on June 26, China garnered a landslide 5-1 victory in an exhibition match against the UAE secondary league team held at Baniyas Stadium. China started the three-game friendly matches on the day with four players including starlet Wu Lei scoring a goal.
However, in the warm-up match against Oman held at the same venue on the 30th, China was completely defeated 0-2 by conceding consecutive goals to Arshad Al-Way in the fourth minute of the second half and Musen Gasani in the 20th minute of the second half. China failed to raise its momentum ahead of the tournament as it bowed to Hong Kong following its defeat against Oman.
Meanwhile, the Korean national soccer team, led by Jürgen Klinsmann, will compete with Malaysia, Jordan and Bahrain in Group E of the Asian Cup. South Korea will also play an exhibition match against Iraq in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, where the training camp is located, at 10 p.m. on the 6th to adjust to the local area and check it out.
Japan, Korea’s rival and one of the favorites, was in Group D along with Indonesia, Iraq and Vietnam. Japan, which won a landslide 5-0 victory against Thailand at home in January, will soon move to Qatar and hold its final mock test against Jordan in Doha. The match against Jordan will reportedly be held behind closed doors and will be held in the form of a practice match, not an official A-match.