Not a great start for Hong Kong and Mixu

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Before the World Cup Qualifiers started Mixu Paatelainen stated he wanted his team to get off to a great start. One game in then and things are not looking good as his side drew 1-1 away against a very young Cambodia side. 

A poor start 

The draw between the two lowest-ranked sides in the Group means that ether side will struggle to get anything from Group C even this early on.

Next up for Mixu's men is Iran on Tuesday in a match that they are overwhelming underdogs in. Anything other than a high scoring defeat in this match at the Hong Kong Stadium will be seen as a success.

It was clear afterwards the Finn was not happy as he said “I’m not satisfied with the result. We came here to take full points. We always knew that it was going to be difficult because Cambodia is a team that has developed a lot in recent years.”

He might be right that Cambodia is an improving side, and this was clear with them fielding many players eligible for the under-23 side in this match. Although the host's goalscorer in this match  Keo Sokpheng is one of the team's veterans at 27-years-old.

The 45,500 inside the Phnom Penh National Olympic Stadium were almost cheering a winner to from a 16-year-old. This came as the impressive Sieng Chanthea run at the Hong Kong defence, but his curing effect rebounded off the post on 74 minutes.

In the end, though the 1-1 scoreline was the fair result and one positive to take is at least, Mixu Paatelainen is aware of the task ahead.

The best of luck for Tuesday to Mixu your and team as you will need it against an impressive Iran side.



Group C

Team MP W D L F A GD Pts
Bahrain 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
Cambodia 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
Hong Kong 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
Iraq 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
Iran 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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