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Hong Kong stroll to qualifying success

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Hong Kong began their 2026 World Cup qualifying campaign with a resounding 4-0 victory over 184th seeds Bhutan.

Playing their first competitive game for the first time in over a year, Hong Kong started strongly with Everton Carmargo wreaking havoc down the right hand side, twice hitting the post in the first 5 minutes. The deadlock was broken after 10 minutes as a corner was swung over from the right by Wong Wai and headed in by Michael Udebuluzor. He doubled his tally and Hong Kong’s lead six minutes later as a deep cross from Wong found the 19-year-old unmarked to head home.

Two became three before the half hour mark as a straight ball through the middle was tucked away neatly by Shinichi Chan for his first international goal. The game was over as a contest ten minutes before half time as Everton’s shot was initially blocked and then hooked into his own goal by Bhutan’s Tenzin Norbu.

With a crowd of 10,259 expecting a flurry of second half goals, it was the away side who began brighter. First Yapp Hung Fai tipped an effort wide and then the captain was beaten by a long range effort that fortunately crashed off his crossbar.

Hong Kong dominated possession but failed to add to their first half tally, substitute Matthew Orr coming closest hitting the outside of the post with only minutes remaining.

Job done for Jorn Andersen’s men who take a comfortable advantage into next weeks return leg on 17 October. The head coach will be pleased with the first half performance, especially from the lively Michael Udebuluzor, tricky Everton and dominant Yue Tze Nam. The journey to 2026 starts here!

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