International Friendly Match - Hong Kong 4:0 Laos
Hong Kong entertained Laos at home on Thursday evening for an exciting international friendly match. Hong Kong went all guns blazing on the evening by toppling Laos 4:0, courtesy to goals from Jorge Tarres, Wong Wai, Godfred Karikari and Alessandro Leonardo.
Hong Kong established an early lead on the 10th minute, when Xu Deshuai played a clever one-two with James Ha down the right side, allowing Xu to deliver a sweet cross into the box that was fired home by a surging Jorge Tarres. It was a well-taken debut goal by the veteran sharp-shooter.
The home side made it 2:0 on the 14th minute. This time, Xu Deshuai’s cross was headed home by a diving Wong Wai inside the Laos box. Hong Kong was now up by two goals.
On the 17th minute, Hong Kong came up with another chance. A long-ball through the middle was chased down by Jorge Tarres in the Laos danger area. Hong Kong’s newest striker pulled the trigger but sadly drilled the ball wide.
Laos managed to come up with its first legitimate shot on goal on the 32nd minute. Vilayout Sayyabounsou unleashed a cracking shot from mid-range but saw his effort magnificently tipped over the crossbar by Hong Kong keeper Yapp Hung-fai.
On the 38th minute, Wong Wai delivered yet another pin-point free-kick that found teammate Fernando Recio. The towering defender nodded the ball towards goal but could not hit the target.
Late in the first half, James Ha chased down a teammate’s through ball on the right flank, pushed forward and drilled a running shot that went wide off target.
Hong Kong nearly pulled further away early in the second half. On the 49th minute, Daniel Cancela whipped a fantastic cross into the Laos penalty area. Alessandro Leonardo leapt high but could not generate enough power through his header to find the back of the net.
Laos came up with a rare chance on the 57th minute, when captain Khampheng Sayavutthi drilled a free-kick straight towards the Hong Kong goal, only to be easily handled by keeper Yapp Hung-fai.
Hong Kong generated a great chance on the 64th minute. James Ha turned on the jets down the right wing before knocking a superb cross into the box. Godfred Karikari dove for the ball but headed it just wide.
The home side almost went in front on the 69th minute, when Godfred Karikari was brought down inside the Laos box by keeper Saymanolinh Paseuth, leaving the referee no choice but to point to the penalty spot. Manoel Santos took the spot-kick but saw his effort saved by Paseuth.
Hong Kong finally made it 3:0 on the 73rd minute. Manoel Santos curled a sweet-looking centering pass into the box. Godfred Karikari took care of the rest and nodded the ball home with ease.
On the 74th minute, Hong Kong nearly pulled further away. Alessandro Leonardo nodded a cross down from close-range. Wong Wai picked up the ball under pressure but managed to unleash a cheeky back-heel that was chested off the goal-line by a Laos player.
Hong Kong made it 4:0 on the 83rd minute, when Alexander Akande was brought down inside the box by a Laos player. Alessandro Leonardo assumed the spot-kick duty and duly converted his shot. Hong Kong was now comfortably in front.
The score stood towards the final whistle, as Hong Kong clinched a commanding 4:0 victory over the visiting Laos.