Hong Kong announce Malaysia friendly

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Hong Kong announced they will play a friendly against Malaysia on the 15th of October. A World Cup date, but both Hong Kong and Malaysia are the teams sitting out that date. 

A mixed start to World Cup qualifying for both Hong Kong and Malaysia

Hong Kong and Malaysia have both played matches on the two opening dates of Asian World Cup qualifying. Hong Kong played away against Cambodia, and at home to Iran, while Malaysia had a short trip to Indonesia and then took on UAE at home.

Hong Kong played out a 1-1 draw vs Cambodia in Phnom Penh and then lost 2-0 at home against Iran.

Malaysia, on the other hand, won a fabulous encounter vs Indonesia in Jakarta where they came from behind to score a last-minute winner, winning the match 3-2. The roles were somewhat reversed in Kuala Lumpur (KL) however, as Malaysia scored the 1st-minute opener but went on to lose 2-1.

Those results mean both Hong Kong and Malaysia open their World Cup qualifying with mixed results, as Hong Kong will most likely be competing with Cambodia for 4th spot in the group (due to getting a terrible draw).

As Malaysia will believe they have a chance to qualify for the next round after their opening match result. This belief, however, will have been dampened somewhat by UAE going to KL and coming away with a win.

When, where and what time?

Details for the friendly match between Hong Kong and Malaysia:

Date: 15th October 
Where: Hong Kong Stadium
What time: 20:00 (Hong Kong time)
Can more protests be expected: Yes, if the past games are anything to go by, it's likely more protests will happen. It is also likely the (Chinese) national anthem will be boooooooooed.

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