As the match kicked off, Japan overwhelmed Hong Kong and took almost complete control of the ball. Ogasawara was the core of Japan's offense, and Santos launched the attack from the left side, threatening Hong Kong's goal more than once. Japan had trouble scoring, though. Kubo's shot hit the goal post, and Okubo's goal was not counted because he was offside. Finally, in the 37th minute, Ogasawara delivered a remarkable through pass, Santos dashed in to get it, and was knocked over by the goalkeeper in the penalty area, gaining a penalty kick. Santos calmly delivered the penalty kick himself, scoring the first goal of the match for Japan.
Hong Kong played the usual defensive game, though today they passed the ball around quickly once the ball was theirs and surprised the Japanese defense over and over with an aggressive attack. Poon Yai Cheuk's mid-range shot pleased the crowd, and in the 72nd minute, a cross ball came in from the left side, and Akandu dived head first, almost making the goal.
Toward the end, Japan substituted Yamada, Oku and Ishikawa, but couldn't change the rhythm of the match. There were a couple of sure chances, which Kubo and Okubo could not materialize, and the final score ended 1-0 in favor of Japan. Though pre-match predictions put Japan in an overwhelming advantage, Hong Kong's unexpected performance was the most impressive part of this match.
After his team's outstanding match, Hong Kong's coach Lai Sun Cheung commented, "Although we lost the match, I am pleased with the performance of my team."
With two wins in the competition, Japan's next opponent will be Korea Rep., who also has two victories. The two teams will play for the EAFC title. Coach Zico was determined as he said, "It was important to get the win today. For the next match against Korea Rep., rather than detailed strategy we will play head-on with them. We will give our very best to capture the first title."