Kitchee get the first ever Asian Champions League win by a Hong Kong club

Hong Kong side Kitchee managed to follow through on their chairman’s promise of doing better than their close rivals Eastern did in the Asians Champions League.

This week they faced off against Japanese side Kashiwa Reysol at the Hong Kong Stadium. Before this match, no team from Hong Kong had ever won a game in the competition. Kashiwa Reysol were in a generous mood though, as defender Masashi Kamekawa was sent off in the 15th minute, forcing Kashiwa to play the next 75 a man down.

For Kitchee playing against ten-men represented the best opportunity, they’ve had this season to a get a win in the tournament. Kashiwa was holding on valiantly however and as the clock ticked closer and closer to 90 minutes the chances of getting that elusive win were looking slim for Kitchee and Hong Kong Football.

The game entered stoppage time with the teams still tied at 0-0 when Cheng Ching-Lung; who was one of three attacking changes made by Chi Kwong-Chu, picked up the ball near the byline just outside Kashiwa's box. The player then proceeded to twinkle toe his way into the box before unleashing a curling shot right into the top corner as the clock ticked into the 92nd minute.

Not only has Cheng Ching-Lung become part of the first Hong Kong side to win in the Asian Champions League, he is also the first Hong Kong goal scorer in the tournament. To then top his week off he also won goal of the round. Despite the win, however, Hong Kong remains on course to lose their automatic Asian Champions League spot due to the countries coefficiency.

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