Hong Kong defeated Chinese Taipei 4-2 on Wednesday night in the second matchday of the EAFF E-1 Football Championship 2017 Round 2 Men’s tournament.
Mong Kok Stadium was in full voice for Kim Pan-Gon’s men, but Chinese Taipei did not shirk from the attack and the opening minutes provided entertaining end-to-end football from both sides.
The balance shifted in the 21st minute, when Hong Kong striker Alex Akande found his way onto the scoresheet with a clever effort from close range after Jaimes Anthony McKee settled Roberto Affonso Junior’s pass.
Hong Kong continued to pressure with Alex and Godfred Karikari making their presence known in the final third, but at times they seemed to put too many players in front of the goal and stumbled over each other as Chinese Taipei sought to counter.
Alex finally found his second of the match just three minutes into the second half with a gorgeous right-footed curler that sailed across the goal and into the upper right, corner, inspiring a frenzied Poznan from home supporters.
But Chinese Taipei were not yet ready to throw in the towel, and in the 62nd minute Chen Po Lian cut the deficit in half when he rose above the fray to head in Wen Chih-Hao’s corner kick.
Their optimism regarding a potential comeback lasted precisely eight minutes until Alex headed in not one but two goals in a 40-second span, the first coming after a corner kick and the second on a breakaway counterattack with Xu Deshuai providing both assists from the far side.
Chen Chao An made it 4-2 with a beautiful strike from the edge of the penalty area, but the final result never seemed in doubt and the hosts now head into Saturday’s match against DPR Korea knowing that a win will send them to the Japan-hostd final tournament in December 2017.