EAFF Women’s Championship: Hong Kong have it all to do against China after Taiwan loss
- Taiwan run out 2-0 winners in second preliminary round clash
- Pre-tournament favourites China next up for Hong Kong in Guam
The result was not unexpected as Hong Kong lost 2-0 to Taiwan in their opening match of the EAFF Women’s Championship second round in Guam on Saturday.
Hong Kong were able to create a couple of scoring chances though Taiwan were largely in control of the match, with the visitors often pinned back in defence.
“I think the girls did very well despite the final score,” coach Rambo Ricardo said. “We created good chances and we sent out some young players who have never played at such level before. They all impressed me.
“Perhaps the girls found it difficult to play on the artificial pitch, and the match kicked off near noon time. It was such difficult conditions but we are the only team to play all three matches at 11am.”
After Taiwan’s first goal, Hong Kong attacking midfielder Wai Yuen-ting missed a good chance to level things up when her low drive from inside the box sailed inches wide of target.
The visitors should have pulled one back at 2-0 down as well through striker Cheung Wai-ki, but she hit the bar from 18 metres out when she was one-on-one with the Taiwan goalkeeper.
Hong Kong will now face another tough battle when they take on pre-tournament favourites China on Monday.
China were in the final round two years ago but were demoted to the second round after finishing bottom among Japan, South Korea and North Korea.