Chan to the rescue as Rangers share points with champions

PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 December, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 18 December, 1998, 12:00am

Defender Chan Ho-man scored on his first touch moments after coming on as a substitute to lift Rangers to a battling 2-2 draw against champions Instant-Dict in last night's Ericsson First Division clash.

Chan came on in the 77th minute for Lee Wai-tik and almost immediately found the net, scoring with a stunning header to give Rangers a precious point after the team found themselves 2-0 down at Siu Sai Wan Stadium.

A superb strike by reigning Hong Kong Footballer of the Year Dimitre Kalkanov in the 50th minute put Instant-Dict ahead as the champions swept to a 2-0 lead with two goals within 14 minutes.

Kalkanov trapped Auyoung Wing-sze's inswinging corner before turning and crashing the ball high into the net.

Instant looked to have the points in the bag when they led 2-0 with a goal scored from the penalty spot after Rangers' defender Cheung Yiu-lun was adjudged to have pushed an Instant-Dict player inside the box in the 64th minute. Rangers' goalkeeper Leung Cheuk-cheung got a hand to Tim Bredbury's penalty kick, but failed to keep the ball out.

But that setback only spurred Rangers to come back.

Brazilian forward Jeronimo Hilton scored his fifth goal in two games with another penalty - this time given when Instant's Fung Kai-ki impeded Cameroonian defender Gerard Ambassa.

After Chan levelled matters with his first-touch header, Rangers held on to share the spoils.

Meanwhile, South China officials are worried that Brazilian defender Cristiano Cordeiro might be out for several weeks after suffering a head injury during last night's 0-0 draw with Sing Tao.

Cordeiro was sent to hospital for precautionary X-rays on a nasty head wound suffered during a clash of heads with Sing Tao defender Gus Caesar.

Although he remained conscious, he will have extensive tests to see whether he has suffered any internal injuries.