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Hong Kong seeks home victory against Cambodia in World Cup 2022 Preliminary Qualification Round 2 2019-11-18

Hong Kong will take on Cambodia on Tuesday evening in Hong Kong Stadium for a FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 & AFC Asian Cup 2023 Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 2 Group C battle. The clash between the two sides will kick-off at 8:00pm. Tickets redemption service is not provided at the stadium. Fans must redeem the tickets at Cityline Ticket Dispensing Machines before admission into the stadium. Please refer to https://www.cityline.com/Tdm.do for all locations.

Coming off an encouraging 0:0 draw against Bahrain last week at home, Hong Kong currently finds itself sitting on the fourth spot in Group C with two draws, two losses from four matches. The team was resilient at the back and managed to put together some dangerous counter-attacks against Bahrain, thus giving supporters hope on the upcoming fixture against Cambodia.

Striker Giovane Da Silva, midfielder Tan Chun-lok, defender Leung Nok-hang and goalkeeper Yapp Hung-fai all played superbly against Bahrain, while veteran defender Daniel Cancela has served his one-game suspension and will be once again available to face Cambodia. All of the above factors are music to the ears of the Hong Kong supporters, as the home side will try to put together its best collective effort, hoping to snatch a victory against Cambodia and to open its winning account in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 & AFC Asian Cup 2023 Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 2.

“Everyone played very well last week against Bahrain and it was long overdue for the team to earn a clean sheet,” said no nonsense centre-back Andrew Russell.

“The draw against Bahrain should serve as a good base for us to build for what might be coming up on Tuesday night.”

“Cambodia is a good team with a clear way of playing. But we need the three points, hence we need to be braver with the ball and a lot more adventurous. Our head coach (Mixu Paatelainen) is very meticulous with his planning and if we can follow his game-plan like we did against Bahrain, there is no reason why we cannot come up with all three points,” Russell offered.

Sitting on the 172nd position according to FIFA World Ranking (published on the 24th October 2019), Cambodia now resides at the bottom of Group C after four group matches so far, as its lone point came from a 1:1 home draw against Hong Kong back in September. Successive defeats against Bahrain (at home), IR Iran (away) and Iraq (away) have left the Cambodians mired in the Group C basement, yet a victory on Tuesday night could take them over Hong Kong in the group-standing and out of the cellar of the group.

Led by Samurai superstar and current Cambodia general manager Keisuke Honda, as well as head coach Felix Dalmas, the South East Asian side has retained its typical characteristics – speedy and nimble, while adding courage and confidence into the squad. The side participated in an international friendly match against Mongolia last week at home and earned a 1:1 draw, bucking its losing skid on the international stage and that is bound to inject some timely self-belief into the Cambodian players.

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