Kitchee’s two-year unbeaten league run ends as Hong Kong Premier League champions lose to R&F at Mong Kok Stadium
- Defeat leaves double winners off pace as they look for third title in a row
- The champions are sixth in the table after six games
The reverse ends a 31-game undefeated run in the HKPL for last year’s double winners, who went the whole of the previous league season without a loss.
The last time they lost in the league before Wednesday’s defeat was against Southern on January 21, 2017, some 22 months ago.
R&F, the affiliate of the Chinese Super League side based in Guangzhou, deserved their win.
Victory leaves them third in the table, a point behind leaders Eastern and level with Southern. It was a reward for their fans who had braved the rain.
The champions are sixth in the table after six games.
Last season’s league MVP Krisztian Vadocz lost his first ever league game as a starter for Kitchee. He came on as a substitute in the previous defeat to Southern.
The Hungarian midfielder has recently returned to the club as they look to win the title for a third consecutive year.
However, that title tilt is not going to plan. They have parted company with summer signing Mohammed Sissoko and have already dropped more points than they did in the whole of last season.
Rivals Eastern are top of the table, have a four-point lead over Kitchee and also have a game in hand, against pointless new boys Hoi King. Kitchee beat the newly promoted side 8-1 in their previous game.
Romanian side Steaua Bucharest have the longest unbeaten run in league football, with a 104-game streak from 1986 to 1989.
More recently Gibraltar’s Lincoln Red Imps went 88 league games without defeat from 2009 to 2014.