Lebanon ease past Hong Kong

Lebanon got their 2019 Asian Cup qualifying campaign off to a flying start when they defeated Hong Kong 2-0 on Tuesday.

Two first half strikes were enough for The Cedars to cruise to a win against Hong Kong in front of a decent crowd at the Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium in Beirut.

The home side enjoyed the brighter start and were rewarded in the 27th minute for their attacking efforts.

Hassan Maatouk lofted ball would be met by a flying Mohamad Ghaddar, who headed the ball home past hapless Hong Kong stopper Yapp Hung Fai to give Lebanon the lead.

Just seven minutes later, a defensive error would lead to the hosts doubling their lead when the Hong Kong defence failed to clear a corner and goalmouth scramble ensued. The provider would turn scorer, as the ball ended up at Maatouk’s feet and he tapped in from close range.

While Hong Kong chased the game in the second half, they were only able to produce one clear cut opportunity, when Ju Yingzhi’s free kick would bounce off the woodwork in the 93rd minute.

The wins puts Lebanon on top of Group B with three points, with the next scheduled match in the group between North Korea and Malaysia set to take place on 8th June due to diplomatic issues.