Hong Kong have the opportunity to test themselves against the cream of the region when they take on Japan in the 2011 Asian Cup qualifiers tomorrow. Having lost their first two group A matches to Bahrain and Yemen, Hong Kong already faced a daunting task of making it to the finals in Qatar. And with Japan having called up six Europe-based players, Hong Kong's task has been made that much harder at Out-Sourcing Stadium in Shizuoka. The top two teams in the group will qualify. All four teams have played two matches each, with Bahrain leading the group after two wins. Yemen and Japan both have three points, while Hong Kong, who left for Japan yesterday, are still looking for their first point. 'We know there is a big gap between the two teams, and we face a real test because Japan will be fielding their strongest side,' captain Cristiano Cordeiro said. 'In this region, Japan are virtually in a league of their own, and therefore we have nothing to lose. Hopefully, that will give the boys extra motivation to play a good match.' Japan coach Takeshi Okada is taking nothing for granted despite Hong Kong being ranked 88 places below the home side in Fifa's latest list. 'Hong Kong have changed a lot under their South Korean coach [Kim Pan-gon] and are using different players from before,' Okada said. 'They can be competitive and it won't be an easy game at all. We've got to play at our best.' Hong Kong pulled off a big surprise when they squeezed 2010 World Cup finalists North Korea out of the East Asian Championship qualifiers in August and reached the finals, which will feature hosts Japan, South Korea and China, in February next year. To make sure they don't slip up in front of the home fans, Okada has called up Catania forward Takayuki Morimoto, who missed the two-game friendly series against the Netherlands and Ghana last month due to injury, as well as Grenoble midfielder Daisuke Matsui, who is making a return after recovering from his own injury problems. They will be joined by the team's top players - Espanyol midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura, Wolfsburg midfielder Makoto Hasebe, Stade Rennais midfielder Junichi Inamoto and VVV Venlo midfielder Keisuke Honda. Hong Kong striker Chan Siu-ki, who has played against Honda before at the Olympic qualifying tournament, admitted the chances of beating Japan on home soil were next to none. 'Japan are a different class and therefore the match will be a good opportunity to test how far we have progressed against the best in Asia,' he said. Also in the home team's line-up are FC Tokyo midfielder Naohiro Ishikawa, who has scored 13 goals in the J.League this season, while two other marksmen - Ryoichi Maeda and Shinji Okazaki of Shimizu S-Pulse - have struck 14 and 12 goals respectively.