SCG Muangthong United lost 6-5 to Kitchee S.C. in the first match of the Lunar New Year Cup 2017.
The Kirin were to take a 1-0 lead jsut before half time when a long ball to Teerasil Dangda set him up to hammer home the close range shot.
Muangthong United dominated the match and impressed with quick passing and possession. A defensive slip when the ball was not cleared from the back allowed Kitchee to equalize at the 60th minute.
Kitchee were then to get the better of the penalty shots, allowing the host team into the final match on Tuesday.
SCG Muangthong United will play either Auckland City or FC Seoul for the third place title.
SCG Muangthong United arrived in Hong Kong just the Friday before, coming off their SCG ASEAN TOUR 2017 which took them to Laos and a match with the Laos Premier League All Stars.