Hong Kong coach Kim Pan Gon lamented another late goal allowed in his team’s 4-2 victory over Chinese Taipei on Wednesday in the EAFF E-1 Football Championship 2017 Round 2 Men’s tournament.
While Alex Akande sent the home crowd into a frenzy with his four-goal display, a late goal from Chinese Taipei’s Chen Chao-an saw Hong Kong leave the pitch trailing DPR Korea, who beat Guam by a 2-0 result earlier in the evening, on the goal difference.
“I wanted to close the game with a three-goal difference, but we conceded again at the last moment,” Kim said after the match. “If we want to improve to the next level, we will have to overcome these situations.
“We know we have to beat DPR Korea and we’ll have a stronger fighting spirit in our next game.”
Chinese Taipei coach Kazuo Kuroda, just one week into his tenure, found positives in his team’s spirited performance and aimed to end the tournament with a win in their final match.
“We lost in part because of Hong Kong’s great support at home, and also because we couldn’t stand up to their attack,” the Japanese tactician said. “We will continue to improve with each match, and we hope to show the results of those improvements against Guam.”
Chinese Taipei will face Guam at 15:00 local time (UTC+8) on Saturday, with Hong Kong and DPR Korea facing off for a spot in next year’s final competition at 18:00.