Hong Kong Kitchee make history


The Asian Champions League has been going on in a bubble in the last week. You would be forgiven for not being able to keep up but the big story from the group stage match was Kitchee of Hong Kong breaking records becoming the first Hong Kong side to make the last 16 of the Champions League. 
The record was broken as Kitchee scored an injury-time equaliser on Sunday as they picked up a 2-2 draw with Vissel Kobe.
The side from Hong Kong needed at least a point against the big-spending Japanese side to progress, but their chances looked slim when Yoshinori Muto scored in the 87th minute to put Vissel ahead.
It was to be though Raul Baena who saved the day with a header in the 91st minute to snatch a point for Kitchee and send them into the knock-out round as one of the competition's best second-placed teams.
Although Andres Iniesta was missing for the J League side this was still a huge moment for Kitchee and football in Hong Kong.
Kitchee will now face Thailand's BG Pathum United in the next round, while Vissel will play fellow Japanese side Yokohama F Marinos.
Back home for Kitchee, it was reported Hong Kong national team manager Jorn Andersen praised the performance saying their success would have a positive impact on Hong Kong football as his team prepares for the 2023 Asian Cup qualification matches.

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