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Asian Games 2018: what events are going on in Indonesia today? A crunch day for the Hong Kong teams in early action

Hong Kong in action on a crucial Friday in Indonesia

PUBLISHED : Friday, 17 August, 2018, 10:30am
UPDATED : Friday, 17 August, 2018, 12:21pm

Hong Kong has an interest in three of the four events that continue ahead of Saturday’s official start of the Asian Games, but there’s plenty at stake on Friday.

Basketball

Hong Kong’s women need to bounce back from a heavy beating in their opening 5x5 match against Japan to get their campaign back on track. They’ll have a good chance of doing as much when they meet Mongolia, who are just kicking off their tournament.

The top four from the five-team group qualify for the next stage, so a win will be just the tonic.

Football

Hong Kong’s men are two from two in football, and in some style it has to be noted. A win against group-topping Palestine would secure their passage to the knockout stages. But that’s a tall order for Kenneth Kwok’s side. While they’ve secured victories against Taiwan and Laos, Palestine are a handy side and defeated hosts Indonesia in front of a fervent Jakarta crowd on Tuesday night.

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Elsewhere, Hong Kong’s women get their campaign under way with a match against regional heavyweights China. A win would be a most welcome, but unlikely boon and Ricardo Rambo’s team should look to other, more likely sources of points later in the campaign with just a top-three finish required to progress.

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Water polo

A heavy opening loss for Hong Kong’s women’s water polo team needs to be put right if they’re to stand any hope of making the podium. Women’s water polo is a straight six-team round robin to decide the medals, so there’s no more room for error as Hong Kong take on hosts Indonesia, who also lost their opener.

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