Hong Kong 0-5 Chinese Taipei: Hosts stumble in opener

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Lin Ya-Han’s opening brace set the stage for a dominant 5-0 win by over hosts in the Women’s Round 2 on Tuesday afternoon.

The match developed slowly, with neither side conceding any major chances until the sixth minute when Lin headed in Lai Li-Chin’s well-aimed corner kick for the first goal of the match.

The two paired up for a nearly-identical goal just 13 minutes later, much to the chagrin of Hong Kong goalkeeper Leung Wai Nga who just earlier had delivered a string of impressive saves, drawing cheers from the friendly crowd at Hong Kong Football Club Stadium.

Hong Kong stood strong despite the deficit, rarely allowing Chinese Taipei to create chances in the final third until striker Pao Hsin-Hsuan scored the team’s third goal of the match with a low grounder from close range that barely snuck in past the left post.

With the score 3-0 at halftime as rain began to fall, play slowed down as a result of the slick conditions on the artificial pitch. Lai was again the provider for Chinese Taipei’s fourth goal, this time on a corner eventually stuffed into the net by Lee Hsiu-Chin following a failed clearance attempt.

After some wasted chances by Hong Kong players to grab a consolation goal late in the match including a strong grounder by Cheung Wai Ki, the hosts’ margin of defeat grew even wider when Chinese Taipei substitute Chen Yen-Ping capitalised on a goalkeeper collision to score into an empty net with three minutes remaining in regulation.

The result was a well-earned one for Chinese Taipei coach Masayuki Nagira, who led the team to their first competitive win since the second round of Rio Olympic qualifying in September 2015.

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