The first game in the final round of the EAFF Cup in nine years, many would have expected Hong Kong to concede more, but it was once again a 2:0 loss up against one of Asia’s top teams, Korea, away at chilly Busan with another great defensive display from all players.
Yapp Hung-fai 6/10
Only conceded from 2 set-pieces that he could not have done much more to stop them. Did not have too many difficult saves to make besides punching off a powerful header in the second half, but he almost conceded one after a howler.
Tong Kin-man 5/10
Did his defending in open play but lapsed at set-pieces. If he had jumped in the wall, the first goal might have been deflected but he stood still on his feet. Also lost his man for the second goal.
Man of the match for Hong Kong as he cleared away most of the dangerous balls entering the box. Great tackle in the first half to prevent a one-on-one opportunity.
Fung Hing-wa 6.5/10
Not a bad international debut from the 27 year-old, kept well to his job of marking Korea’s lone striker.
Tsui Wang-kit 7/10
Good defensive display on the left that allowed little room for Korea’s right.
Huang Yang 6.5/10
Conceded the free-kick that led to the first goal with a handball but the captain often played as the fifth defender in keeping the defense tight.
Tan Chun-lok 6.5/10
Was not as impressive as his previous display but provided solid shielding in the midfield for the defense.
Wong Wai 5.5/10
The technical attacking midfielder could do little in a game with so little possession and was at times looked lost.
Law Tsz-chun 7.5/10
Hardworking down the left flank. Covered Tsui Wang-kit well defensively on the left but still needed to work more on his attacking as a winger. Had a chance in the second half to put a dangerous cross in but overhit it for his two teammates in the box.
Cheng Siu-kwan 7/10
Delivered a superb ball to James Ha for his first scoring chance. Like Law Tsz-chun on the other side, Cheng was hardworking and offered defensive cover for Tong Kin-man down the right.
James Ha 7/10
Knew his role well and performed well for his tasks. Got on the end of two great counter-attack to score for Hong Kong but was let down by his finishing.
Roberto Junior 6/10
Replaced Cheng Siu-kwan on the right-wing as opposed to his usual position in central midfield but did not get much chance going forward.
Failed to offer the super sub effect with 30mins to play, covered little ground and did so little.
Ju Yingzhi 5.5/10
Came on at 72th minute for Wong Wai and offered little.