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Hong Kong left to foot bill of Argentina trouncing
Hong Kong left to foot bill of Argentina trouncing

HONG KONG (Reuters) - The Hong Kong Football Association were left red-faced and out of pocket after only managing to sell half the tickets for Tuesday's glamour friendly against Argentina to mark their centenary. Only 20,230 turned up at the 40,000 capacity Hong Kong Stadium on Tuesday to witness a two-goal, 30 minute cameo by four-times world player of the year Lionel Messi in a lop-sided 7-0 stroll for the World Cup runners-up. The South China Morning Post had reported months ago that the HKFA needed a full house in order to break even after pricing the cost of staging the fixture at HK$30 million (2.43 million pounds). "It is a shame. The second-best team in the world is...

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