South China FC shock Premiership's Totenham
HONG KONG: Two moments of magic from South China FC left English Premiership side Tottenham Hotspur reeling from a 2-0 loss in Hong Kong on Sunday.
A 25 yard half-volley from Chan Siu Ki and a penalty from skipper Li Haiqiang shocked the weary Spurs side.
South China started brightly and looked much sharper than their illustrious opponents, who appeared tired after their recent victory in the Barclays Asia Trophy over West Ham and Hull City.
South China hitman Chan looked dangerous from the start and although he was outmuscled at times and was caught out with the offside flag too often, he did at least bring some urgency to an uneventful first half.
He had a couple of efforts on goal but nothing to trouble Carlo Cudicini.
At the other end Spurs' Scottish defender Alan Hutton nearly succeeded after a neat one-two with Roman Pavlyuchenko.
The Russian had a few shots on goal but Zhang Chunhui was equal to all the striker could throw at him.
After the break the home side upped the ante and not even the introduction of Robbie Keane, Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon could inject any pace into the Spurs attack.
Chan picked up a loose ball seven minutes after the interval and fired an unstopppable shot into the net over Heurelho Gomez, who had replaced Carlo Cudicini.
The game was sealed at 69 minutes when referee NG Chiu Kok controversially ruled Chao Peng Fei had been brought down in the box.
Skipper Li knocked the ball in from the penalty spot after Gomez went the wrong way to complete a fantastic result for South China in front of a 23,000-strong at Hong Kong Stadium.