Hong Kong found Guangdong a tough nut to crack and also discovered that the home fans are unforgiving after they were hammered 6-1 in the quadrangular tournament at King's Park yesterday. The players were booed by sections of the crowd at the end of a game they will want to forget as quickly as possible. The reception was harsh but probably deserved after Hong Kong buckled tamely to the mainland outfit who were sharper and swifter as they completely outplayed the hosts. 'We never expected to lose 6-1. It is really disappointing,' said stand-in Hong Kong coach Farouq Saeed. 'We didn't play well at all and they were just too good. We will now have to lift ourselves for the third place play-off.' Guangdong, who were fielding a few Chinese internationals, will meet Air India in the final of the four-team competition today. Hong Kong will hope to salvage some pride when they face Taiwan in the consolation battle. Guangdong led 2-1 at half-time and there were hopes that Hong Kong could come back and win, or at worst draw their last preliminary round game which would have been enough to secure them a place in the final. But all hopes were quickly crushed as Guangdong scored just minutes after the break to lead 3-1, forcing Hong Kong to go in search of goals. This left the defence vulnerable and the visitors feasted on the openings with quick counterattacks. 'We had no option but to press forward after conceding a couple of soft goals through poor defending,' said Hong Kong captain Akbar Ali. Liu Xiantang and Liu Weitang grabbed a brace each while Zeng Weitao and Qiu Weiqiang also got on the scoresheet as the impressive Guangdong outfit overwhelmed the home team. Hong Kong's solitary goal came in the 30th minute after good lead-up work by Asghar Ali and Arif Ali finished with Feroz Khan slotting the ball nicely past the Guangdong goalkeeper. It was a rare passage of attacking play for Hong Kong and the fans responded as they started chanting 'Hong Kong, Hong Kong'. But soon those cries turned to boos. Skipper Akbar Ali felt three games in four days had taken its toll on his side. Earlier in the tournament, Hong Kong had drawn 4-4 with Air India and beaten Taiwan 4-2. 'I guess we were lacking in fitness and got tired in the second half. These guys [Guangdong] are professionals. They do nothing else but train six hours a day, while we have just been together for a couple of weeks before this tournament,' Akbar Ali said. 'Playing so many games in a few days is tiring and that probably cost us. But we must bounce back and win back the respect of the fans by beating Taiwan.' In the other game today, Air India beat Taiwan 8-2.