WATCH: Hong Kong Under-21 player Yu Pui-hong sent off after just 150 seconds in heavy defeat by Uzbekistan in Singapore

Kim Pan-gon’s side also lost to the hosts at the FAS U-21 International Challenge Cup this week

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 24 July, 2016, 2:34pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 24 July, 2016, 2:47pm

Hong Kong’s Under-21 side suffered embarrassing back-to-back heavy defeats by hosts Singapore and Uzbekistan at the FAS U-21 International Challenge Cup this week.

Kim Pan-gon’s side lost 5-0 to Singapore in Wednesday’s semi-final before being forced to settle for fourth place in the four-team tournament, organised by the Football Association of Singapore (FAS), after losing to 4-0 to Uzbekistan on Saturday.

And Hong Kong’s cause against Uzbekistan at Bishan Stadium was not helped as defender Yu Pui-hong was sent off inside the first three minutes the scores still level.

“It’s tough to take this loss because we didn’t expect such a huge scoreline,” Hong Kong coach Kim told the FAS website following the defeat by Singapore. “But we have to give credit to Singapore; they were very confident tonight.

“All the aerial situations, they managed to win the ball. Their second and third goal was also very creative. It’s a good experience for our players who lack international exposure.”

In Saturday’s final, Iran recorded a 1-0 win over hosts Singapore having also earlier beaten Uzbekistan 5-4 on penalties following a 1-1 draw.