Can Stop Any Penalty by Lionel Messi, Says Hong Kong Goalkeeper

Hong Kong take on the mighty World Cup finalists Argentina on Tuesday in an exhibition game marking the Hong Kong Football Association's centennial celebrations.

updated: October 13, 2014 19:48 IST
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Lionel Messi missed a penalty against Brazil in friendly.

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Hong Kong: Hong Kong's goalkeeper threw down the gauntlet to four-time world player of the year Lionel Messi Monday, declaring he was "very confident" he could stop any penalties by the Barcelona icon at a friendly in the Chinese city. (Also Read: Dunga Denies Cocaine Slur Against Argentina)

His team's ranking of 164th in the world notwithstanding, Yapp Hung-Fai drew laughter as he challenged the Argentinian player, who missed a first-half penalty against Brazil during a friendly in Beijing on Saturday.

It was his second penalty miss in two weeks after he also miscued one for his club last month against Levante.

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