Hong Kong clinched an important three points after winning a late goal against Bhutan in an away World Cup qualifier on Tuesday night.
Striker Chan Siu-ki, who has not scored for the team for as long as three years, kicked in the only goal of the match with just one minute to go, Ming Pao Daily reported.
Hong Kong players overcame the thin Himalayan air to battle their opponents as temperatures fell to 8 degrees Celsius after a downpour just before the match.
The scoreboard remained 0-0 after a lacklustre display by the Hong Kong team, who failed to register a shot on the goal during the first 45 minutes. For Bhutan, it was their first-ever 45 minutes without conceding a goal in the campaign.
Hong Kong now rank second in the Asia division with 10 points from five games, leading third-placed China by three points.
Qatar still lead the group with five wins from five games, amassing 15 points.
Hong Kong coach Kim Pan-gon was very pleased with the result, although the team was not able to win by a bigger margin.
“The thin air environment and the rain before the game made it more difficult for us,” Kim explained. “It was an outstanding team effort nevertheless.”
The upcoming two qualifying games for Hong Kong will be crucial, especially the home game against China on Nov. 17.
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