A leaky defence and a toothless attack are the combined headaches coach Sebastiao Araujo was grappling with yesterday as he tried to lift the morale of the Hong Kong team before tonight's crucial encounter with Thailand. Hong Kong have to win this game to keep alive their slim chances of advancing to the second round of the 23-team soccer tournament at the Asian Games. It is a tough task for Araujo. The hosts were the favourites to emerge at the top of Pool F, that is until Oman demolished Hong Kong 6-0, to grasp the favourites' mantle. Still, Thailand will be hard to beat, especially playing in front of a crowd that is certain to turn out in their thousands at the 40,000-seat Suphachalasai Stadium in central Bangkok. 'We will not only have to win, but we will have to win well,' said Araujo. 'We will have to beat Thailand 7-0, to stay alive in this competition.' If Hong Kong beat Thailand and if Oman do likewise, then Hong Kong will live to fight another day. The top two teams from each of the eight groups will move into the second round. But Araujo, a pragmatic person, knows the difficulties facing Hong Kong. His biggest problem is a defence that has conceded 11 goals in their past two games, and an attack that is virtually non-existent. Hong Kong's defence have not been a cause for any sleepless nights inside the Thai camp. Thailand's English adviser Peter Withe criticised the Hong Kong defence for being weak, too straight and one-paced. 'We are confident our passing game will beat them. But it will be hard work to score more than six goals,' said Withe. It is disheartening to note that Withe's concern centres around how many goals his side will score and not whether Thailand will lose. The Thai team were interested spectators at the Oman v Hong Kong game. This was noted by both teams' Brazilian coaches. 'The big winners today were Thailand for they have seen both of us in action. We both played for them to see us,' said Oman's Budu Vieira. At least as far as Oman are concerned, they have a win under their belt while planting some doubts inside the Thai camp. Hong Kong are not as fortunate. Down one game, Hong Kong need to pull themselves up by their boot laces and come out with a fighting performance tonight. This quality was sadly lacking on Monday, and Araujo knows the task is close to being a mission impossible.