Sandro misses late penalty as Hong Kong held to 1-1 draw by Malaysia in Asian Cup qualifier

Two Malaysian players sent off in stoppage time but Hong Kong fail to capitalise

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 05 September, 2017, 11:53pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 05 September, 2017, 11:53pm

Forward Sandro missed a golden opportunity to give Hong Kong their first victory in the Asian Cup soccer qualifiers after he fluffed a penalty shot in stoppage time against Malaysia in Malacca last night.

The match ended 1-1 with Hong Kong remaining in third place in group B.

There was late drama in the match, when Malaysia substitute Mohd Ghazali came onto the field without getting a clearance, and was promptly given a red card on 90 minutes, while Zafuan Aidil got his marching orders after conceding the penalty five minutes into stoppage time.

Sandro had put Hong Kong ahead in the 53rd minute but Mohd Zainon equalised for Malaysia four minutes later.

Sandro’s penalty attempt was blocked by the Malaysian goalkeeper.

With North Korea and Lebanon drawing 2-2 in an earlier group B match in Pyongyang, Hong Kong could have moved up to second place in the group with a win, but they will stay in third place with two points from three games.

Lebanon lead the group with seven points. The Koreans are also on two points but have a better goal difference than Hong Kong. Malaysia have just one point.

Hong Kong’s next game is at home to Malaysia on October 10.