2007 Premier League Asia Trophy

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Barclays Asia Trophy 2007 at Hong Kong Stadium.

The 2007 Premier League Asia Trophy (Traditional chinese: 巴克萊亞洲錦標賽) was the third edition of the Premier League Asia Trophy, a four-team association football tournament held every two years. The tournament was held in Hong Kong. The 2007 edition was competed by South China AA, the winner of Hong Kong's FA Cup, Liverpool, Portsmouth and Fulham at the 40,000-capacity Hong Kong Stadium. The semi-finals took place on 24 July and the final and third-place play-off were on 27 July 2007.

Portsmouth won the first semi-final 1-0 against Fulham after a goal by Benjani in the 45th minute. Liverpool beat South China in the second semi-final thanks to a John Arne Riise free-kick and a Xabi Alonso penalty. South China pulled a goal back with a Li Haiqiang free-kick, but Daniel Agger scored to make it 3-1. Fulham beat South China 4-1 in the third place play-off, while Portsmouth beat Liverpool 4-2 on penalties to win the Premier League Asia Trophy after a goalless draw in normal time.

Competition format[edit]

The competition used a knock-out format. South China played Liverpool, while Fulham played Portsmouth, both matches taking place on 24 July. The winners competed in the final on 27 July, while the losers played in the third place play-off on the same day.

Prizes[edit]

Hong Kong FA Cup winner South China received HK$500,000 from the organizers as appearance fee in the tournament. The winner of the tournament received a trophy as well as £100,000 prize money.

Official match programme[edit]

An A5 sized, 60-page bilingual (English/Chinese) official match programme was published for sale during the match days within the stadium. It retailed at HK$20 (~£1.30).

Results[edit]

Semi-finals Final
24 July 2007 – Hong Kong (Hong Kong Stadium)
 Hong Kong South China  1  
 England Liverpool  3  
 
27 July 2007 – Hong Kong (Hong Kong Stadium)
     England Portsmouth  0 (4)
   England Liverpool  0 (2)
Third place
24 July 2007 - Hong Kong (Hong Kong Stadium) 27 July 2007 – Hong Kong (Hong Kong Stadium)
 England Portsmouth  1   England Fulham  4
 England Fulham  0    Hong Kong South China  1

Semi-finals[edit]

2007-07-24
18:00 HKT
10:00 UTC
Fulham England 0 – 1 England Portsmouth
(Report) Benjani Goal 45'
Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
Attendance: 36,801
Referee: Chris Foy

2007-07-24
20:30 HKT
12:30 UTC
South China AA Hong Kong 1 – 3 England Liverpool
Li Haiqiang Goal 35' (Report) Riise Goal 10'
Alonso Goal 28' (pen.)
Agger Goal 74'
Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
Attendance: 36,801
Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Third place play-off[edit]

2007-07-27
18:00 HKT
10:00 UTC
South China AA Hong Kong 1 – 4 England Fulham
Barros Goal 57' (Report) Diop Goal 20'
Bocanegra Goal 47'
Healy Goal 74'
McBride Goal 84'
Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
Attendance: 39,535

Final[edit]

2007-07-27
20:30 HKT
12:30 UTC
Liverpool England 0 – 0 (a.e.t.)
(2 – 4 pen.)
England Portsmouth
(Report)
  Penalties  
Gerrard Penalty scored
Kuyt Penalty scored
Benayoun Penalty missed
Torres Penalty missed
2 – 4 Penalty missed Utaka
Penalty scored Taylor
Penalty scored LuaLua
Penalty scored Hreiðarsson
Penalty scored Kranjčar
Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
Attendance: 39,535

Goalscorers[edit]

The goal scorers from the Premier League Asia Trophy 2007 are as follows:

# Name Team Goals
1 Denmark Daniel Agger England Liverpool 1
Spain Xabi Alonso England Liverpool 1
China Li Haiqiang Hong Kong South China 1
Norway John Arne Riise England Liverpool 1
Zimbabwe Benjani Mwaruwari England Portsmouth 1
Senegal Papa Bouba Diop England Fulham 1
United States Carlos Bocanegra England Fulham 1
Brazil Flavio Barros Hong Kong South China 1
Northern Ireland David Healy England Fulham 1
United States Brian McBride England Fulham 1

Player of the Tournament[edit]

The Player of the Tournament award was awarded to David James of Portsmouth. James kept 2 clean sheets, and saved penalties from Yossi Benayoun and Fernando Torres.

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

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