Hong Kong:India let in a last minute goal to go down 1-2 to Hong Kong in their international friendly at the Hong Kong Stadium here on Wednesday.
In a closely fought match, all the three goals were scored in the last 20 minutes.
Midfielder Yiu Chung Au Yeung opened scoring for the home side in the 70th minute before India captain Bhaichung Bhutia made it 1-1 10 minutes later. But in the end, it was the home team which had the last laugh with defender Ng Wai Chiu finding the target in the 90th minute to seal the victory.
The result is a huge disappointment for India, considering that Hong Kong are 10 places below them at 152 and Bob Houghton's boys have already made it to the 2011 Asian Cup after winning the AFC Challenge Cup in August last.
This is the first international match for India after winning the AFC Challenge Cup and they began the year with a loss to a lower-ranked team.
The two sides had drawn 2-2 when they met for a friendly in February 2006.
India started with Gouramangi Singh, Anwar Ali, Samir Naik and Deepak Mondal at the back. Climax Lawrence, NP Pradeep, Steven Dias and Anthony Pereira manned the midfield while Bhaichung and Sunil Chhetri were at the upfront.
After a barren first half, Houghton substituted Deepak Mondal and Pradeep with Mahesh Gawli and Rakesh Masih, respectively in the 57th minute. But that did not bear any fruit and instead Hong Kong surged ahead.
In the 88th minute, Chhetri was replaced by Abhishek Yadav. Senior player Renedy Singh, who was recovering from an injury, did not play on Wednesday.