Hong Kong coach happy with victory despite late scare

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Hong Kong coach Kim Pan Gon said he is satisfied with a 3-2 victory over Guam after his players survived a late scare from the Matao in their EAFF E-1 Championship Round 2 opener.

The hosts started the match brightly and looked set for an easy victory after taking a three-goal lead.

However, the visitors came close to recording a shocking draw, scoring two late goals to put the Hong Kong players on edge in the closing minutes.

“It was tough, and certainly we didn’t expect it,” Kim said after the match. “Guam had a very strong mentality to challenge us and it was a great game for the spectators.”

“The players did well, really. I was satisfied. Although we conceded two late goals, I don’t have any complaints,” Kim added.

Meanwhile, Guam manager Darren Sawatzky said he was disappointed with the referee’s performance, particularly about the penalty call in the second half.

“I felt like a couple of calls were a little unfortunate for us, but when you play in Hong Kong, it’s going to favor Hong Kong,” the American coach said. “I’ll take a look at the penalty. We don’t think it was a bad call, but we might have been called incorrectly.”