Two goals in a minute gave Hong Kong a comfortable 2-0 win over Myanmar at Mongkok Stadium on Wednesday evening, as the city’s team made a long-awaited return to home soil for the first time in almost three years. Sun Ming-him and Law Tsz-chun headed the ball beyond Kyaw Zin Phyo within 60 seconds of each other in the final 10 minutes of the first half to ensure a straightforward evening in a closed-doors international friendly that marked the team’s first game in the city since November 2019. Much has changed for Hong Kong in the 1,037 days since their last performance in the city, a 2-0 win over Cambodia that marked the only success of Mixu Paatelainen’s underwhelming 12-game stint in charge. Current coach Jorn Andersen – who was appointed late last year – has changed the mood in his short time in charge, securing qualification for the Asian Cup finals with wins over Afghanistan and Cambodia in India earlier in the year by utilising a more intensive approach than his predecessor. Just as was the case during those qualifiers in June, Andersen was deprived the services of his growing band of mainland-based players on Wednesday evening because of China’s domestic leagues continuing to play throughout the current Fifa international window. That meant the likes of Matt Orr and Yue Tsz-nam, both instrumental in those qualifiers, were absent after securing recent switches to Chinese clubs. It mattered little, however, against a Myanmar side that had lost 11 of their previous 12 games and rarely showed much ambition. Antoine Hey’s side seldom ventured beyond their own half in front of the empty stands where, save for the handful of diehards who had perched themselves atop the perimeter fence, this game was without the presence of fans. Hong Kong Half Marathon in Penny’s Bay is latest to await government approval It was not lacking a compelling soundtrack, however, with the Lancastrian tones of defender Sean Tse piercing the air clearly as the central defender asserted himself while Andersen was constantly cajoling and encouraging his troops from the sidelines to keep the visitors constantly under pressure. The intensity of Hong Kong’s approach paid dividends late in the first half. Wong Tsz-ho had earlier forced goalkeeper Kyaw Zin Phyo to claw the ball from under his crossbar in the third minute and Helio Gonclaves saw his close-range effort blocked before Sun put Hong Kong ahead in the 35th minute. The Eastern forward, leading the line in Orr’s absence, rose to glance Law’s clipped cross from the right bye-line, the ball flying over the goalkeeper to give Hong Kong the lead. Less than a minute later Law had doubled the advantage, looping a header beyond Zin Phyo. The lead was no less than Hong Kong deserved, with Myanmar barely stringing a succession of passes together in their opponents’ half of the field. As a result, Hong Kong goalkeeper Paulo Cesar had been a bystander throughout the opening hour but he was still sharp enough when called upon as the game entered the final 30 minutes to make a flying save to tip Aung Naing Win’s effort on the break over the bar. Kitchee striker Fernando, introduced in the second half as both teams made a host of changes, could have added a third for Hong Kong with seven minutes remaining only for his low effort to be cleared off the line with the goalkeeper beaten. The teams will meet again at Hong Kong Stadium on Saturday, when local fans will be given the first chance to see their side since Andersen took over as coach and secured their historic Asian Cup qualification. Hong Kong 2 Myanmar 0 Scorers: Hong Kong (Sun Ming-him 35, Law Tsz-chun 36) Hong Kong (4-1-4-1) : Paulo Cesar – Tsui Wang-kit (Yu Wai Lim 82), Sean Tse, Helio Goncalves (Fung Hing-wa 55), Wong Tsz-ho – Huang Yang (Wu Chun-ming 64) – Law Tsz-chun, Philip Chan (Cheng Chin-lung 64), Ju Yingzhi (Alex Akande 77), Jahangir Khan (Fernando 64) – Sun Ming-him. Substitutes not used: Yapp Hung-fai, Ng Wai-him, Leung Kwun-chung, Ngan Lok-fung, Fung Hing-wa, Cheng Siu-kwan, Yu Wai-lim, Alexander Jojo. Myanmar (3-5-2) : Kyan Zin Phyo – Kyaw Zin Lwin (Ye Lin Htet 87), Hein Zeyar Lin, Wai Yan Oo (Thiha Htet Aung 87), Ye Min Thu, Aung Wunna Soe – Aung Naing Win (Lin Htet Soe 76), Yan Naing Oo, Kyaw Min Oo (David Htan 66) – Win Naing Tun (Yan Kyaw Htwe 76), Naing Zin Hlet (Yarzar Aung 66). Substitutes not used: Tun Nanda Oo, Zaw Ye Tun.