Hong Kong's football team will return home today after they bowed out of the men's competition, defeating the Maldives 1-0 in a physical encounter which ended with six SAR players receiving yellow cards. The victory was too little, too late for Hong Kong, whose hopes of qualifying for the quarter-finals was blown away right in their first game when India held them to a 1-1 draw. 'That result cost us a lot. If we had beaten India, I think we would have made it through to the knockout stages. But I'm very proud of the team, especially the way we played against defending Asian Games champions Iran,' said Kenny Lai Sun-cheung, Hong Kong coach. Hong Kong lost 2-1 to Iran after taking a shock early lead, and then losing on a controversial penalty midway through the second half. There was nothing at stake for Hong Kong and the Maldives in their final group D encounter at the Al-Gharrafa Stadium. Both were playing for nothing more than pride.