“We want to give our supporters happy moments. We want to give Hong Kong people happy moments and reasons to celebrate” said Mixu Paatelainen after the 2-0 win over Cambodia in Hong Kong Stadium. The Hong Kong head coach was full of praise of his side in the post-match press conference, but has the team given this city the happy moments she desperately needed? Zinc Yeung took a look for the offside.hk player rating.
Yapp Hung-fai 6.5/10
Did not have much to do except collecting a loose ball and delivering goal kicks. Cambodia kept the possession well but did little to threaten the Hong Kong goalkeeper. Again, his deliveries need improvement with a few of his long pass went straight out of pitch.
Tsui Wang-kit: 6.5/10
Cambodia’s attack mainly focused in the centre of the pitch so defensively Tsui Wan-kit had little to do but did well when called upon. On the other hand, he did little to help with the attack, but might be an order from the coach.
Leung Nok-hang: 7/10
Another good performance from the R&F centre-back. Repaid Paatelainen’s faith with two matches of great performance and might cement his place in Hong Kong’s starting lineup in the coming future.
Andy Russell 7.5/10
Dominating performance, and man of the match contender if not for Roberto’s brilliant performance. There were worries before the match that Russell’s lack of pace might be a problem against a young Cambodia side, but the naturalized defender showed none of that during the match.
Dani Cancela 6.5/10
Like Tsui Wan-kit, had little to do as Cambodia focused in the centre of the pitch. Did not go forward much maybe a result of instructions from the coach but did well to link up with Geovane and James Ha when the opportunity arose.
Huang Yang 7.5/10
An unsung hero for Hong Kong, shielding the defense well and help get the ball forward. Cambodia put a lot of pressure in the midfield, but the Hong Kong captain coped well.
Roberto Affonso Jr 8.5/10
Man of the match of the night. He provided with the assist to James Ha’s opener and scored a beauty in the second half and showed real passion in the midfield and coped well under the pressure from Cambodia midfield.
Tan Chun-lok 7.5/10
Provided the midfield with energy. His endless run helped both attack and defense. The Guangzhou R&F midfielder won the ball over from the opponent numerous times and put in some good passes to help with the attack.
Alex Akande 5.5/10
Looked to be lacking match fitness and did little during the night and Showed a glimpse of brilliance early in the match but that did not continue. Substitute by Cheng Siu-Kwan late in the match.
James Ha 7/10
Hard-working throughout the night and scored his first international goal for Hong Kong. Did not really linked up well with the other two strikers but overall a good performance.
Giovane da Silva 6.5/10
Put in a somehow awkward left winger/striker position and the naturalized forward struggled during the match. Dropped down deep often to get the ball and showed great skills to retain possession with little support. Made little impact to the game but should still be top of the list of Paatelainen in future games.
Cheung Siu-kwan 6/10
Replaced Alex in the 79th minute but had little chance to shine.
Law Tsz-chun 6.5/10
Replaced James Ha in the 84th minute and showed his skills during the later stage in the match.
Wong Wai 6.5/10
Replaced Roberto late in the match and had some brilliant touches and runs.