Hong Kong Premier League season resumed on Saturday afternoon as Eastern beat Kitchee 2-1 under wet conditions at Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground It was the first competitive action for the players since the season was last halted in March because of the coronavirus outbreak.
The win lifted Eastern to the top of the table. They are two points clear of R&F who play on Sunday at the same venue against Southern.
No fans were allowed into the stadium. All attending officials, staff, and members of the media had to follow strict hygiene and social distancing measures.
Only 16 reporters were allowed to attend the match and were assigned to a section in the stands reserved for media.
Photographers were restricted to assigned chairs that were placed behind the two ends of the pitch.
Pitch-side interviews were not allowed. Reporters had to ask questions by speaking into a microphone from the media stand. The interviewee, standing near the pitch, would reply by speaking into a microphone that was connected to a loud speaker.
When asked how it feels to be taking interviews at such a great distance, Chung Wai-keung, who scored Eastern’s winning goal, said, “It feels like I’m on stage at a concert.”
Chung’s second-half goal put Eastern ahead after a Nikolai Komazec penalty had drawn Kitchee level. Diego Eli Moreira opened scoring for Eastern with a header off a corner kick.