International Friendly Match - Hong Kong 0:2 Bahrain
Hong Kong hosted Bahrain on Thursday evening for an exciting international friendly match. The home side put up a great fight but conceded late, dropping an 0:2 decision against the visiting Bahrain.
Hong Kong came up with a great scoring chance on the 6th minute, when Jorge Tarres sent a low cross into the Bahrain box. The ball was half-heartedly cleared away by a Bahrain defender. Wong Wai pulled the trigger on a thunderous shot but was denied by a great save from Sayed Hashem. Daniel Cancela pounced on the rebound but blasted the ball high.
Moments later, it was Hong Kong once again. This time, Jorge Tarres produced another great cross from the right side. Jaimes Mckee got on the rebound, unleashed a cheeky backheel but saw his effort hit a Bahrain defender and went out of play.
On the 9th minute, Bahrain nearly opened the score. Sayed Shubbar launched a low drive towards the Hong Kong goal but was pushed away by Hong Kong keeper Yapp Hung-fai. Mahdi Abduljabbar went for the tasty rebound but surprisingly fired the ball wide. The home side certainly dodged a bullet on the occasion.
Hong Kong came close again on the 21st minute, when the Bahrain defense seemed to have trouble dealing with a Hong Kong long-ball. Tan Chun-lok unleashed a rocket shot from the top of the box but failed to hit the intended target.
It was still Hong Kong on the 25th minute. Daniel Cancela penetrated deep down the Bahrain defense from the left side, then found Tan Chun-lok with a cross. Tan drove away but blasted the ball high.
Bahrain tried to break the game open with a long-range shot on the 29th minute. Komail Alaswad took aim from well outside the box and smashed a scotching shot towards the Hong Kong goal, only to see his effort sailed wide off the Hong Kong post.
Bahrain generated a great scoring chance on the 33rd minute, when Mahdi Abduljabbar sent the ball towards the middle from the right side. Abdulla Yaser spun and fired but curled his shot wide.
Hong Kong almost broke the deadlock open on the 40th minute. Wong Wai’s free-kick found Andrew Russell inside the box. The latter dished out a tight-angle header but was denied by a leaping effort from Sayed Hashem.
Late in the first half, Hong Kong came close once again. This time, Wong Wai knocked the ball into the Bahrain penalty area. Fernando Recio let rip an ambitious volley but blasted the ball high.
Bahrain came out for the second half strong and nearly opened the score. On the 46th minute, Sayed Shubbar curled a shot from the top of the box but could not locate the Hong Kong goal.
The visitors nearly went in front on the 60th minute. Komail Alaswad picked up the ball through a decent sideway pass from Ali Madan. Alaswad fired away but was denied by a superb diving save from Hong Kong keeper Yapp Hung-fai.
Bahrain generated another great scoring opportunity on the 64th minute on a counter-attack. Ali Madan picked up the ball on the left flank, cut inside before drilling a shot that took a deflection off a Hong Kong player and went wide.
The visitors opened the score on the 80th minute. Ali Madan picked up the ball through a decent pass by Komail Alaswad. Madan pulled the trigger from the top of the box with a great strike, Hong Kong keeper Yapp Hung-fai got a piece of the ball but could not prevent it from entering the net.
Bahrain doubled its lead on the 87th minute, when Ali Madan carved open the Hong Kong defense and spotted a surging Sami Alhusaini. The latter pulled the trigger and found the back of the Hong Kong net. The visitors were now ahead by two goals.
The score stood towards the final whistle, as Hong Kong suffered a cruel 0:2 defeat against the visiting Bahrain.