Soccer frenzy has swept the city as English Premier League fanatics swarmed the Hong Kong Stadium to root for their respective teams vying for this year’s Premier League Asia Trophy.
The biennial tournament, in its eighth edition this year, kicked off at the So Kon Po pitch to the clamor of nearly 40,000 fans on Wednesday night.
The four participating teams include Liverpool, which first joined the competition in 2007, and first-time contenders Leicester City, West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace.
The first match saw Leicester City compete with West Bromwich Albion. The match concluded with a 1-1 draw within 90 minutes, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
Leicester beat West Brom after the 7-6 penalty shootout using the new “ABBA” format, where West Brom shot first, fourth and fifth, and Leicester did the second and third. Leicester proceeded to the final on Saturday.
Liverpool played against Crystal Palace in the second match. Liverpool fans, in their red jerseys, stirred the sultry atmosphere at the stadium with a passionate group singing of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” 10 minutes before the match, Apple Daily reported.
Liverpool knocked out Crystal Palace with two goals scored by Dominic Solanke and Divock Origi in the second half. The 18-time league title winner will meet Leicester for the championship this weekend.
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