Which is something Home United is guilty of when they allowed Citizen AA to gain their psychological advantage by doing so with that clinical strike from the left inside the box by their Japanese import Yuto Nakamura.
|Yuto Nakamura (14) scored in 45+1 min|
Yet, a stunning performance in the second half saw the last season's Singapore Cup winners staged a gallant fightback and overturned the table to beat the reigning Hong Kong Senior Challenge Shield winners 3-1 with goals from Shotaro Ihata, Frederic Mendy and Qiu Li, who is widely seen as the man of the match with his tireless wizardry on the right flank.
|Shotaro Ihata (second from right)'s 62nd goal sparked revival|
"I think we didn't play well in the first half and the opponents got a good game plan by playing counter-attacks at us." said Home United coach Lee Lim Saeng at the post-match press conference.
"And because I don't know much about my opponents, that's why I have to check on them during the first half before worked out a solution for the second half and I'm happy that we won tonight as it's good for S.League." added the former Korean international.
|Qiu Li had a "man-of-match" display against the "Flag Bags"|
"I'm satisfy with the performance tonight and I thought we had a perfect first half, while it was a difficult second half which I believed we were outplayed by Home United." said coach Chu who also attributed climate as another factor for the outcome.
"Overall, it's a good learning experience for the team in terms of playing on international level and I believe we will play a much better next time we meet again in Hong Kong" he added his thoughts which was translated by a club official in attendance.
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