Chan Yuen-ting becomes first woman to coach professional men’s soccer team in continental competition

Chan Yuen-ting, coach of Hong Kong’s professional men’s soccer team Eastern Sports Club, suffered a tough 7-0 loss on Wednesday in the Asian Champions League. But the 28-year-old has something to be proud about: She’s now the first woman to coach a men’s professional team in an elite continental competition.

Nicknamed “Beef Ball” for her stubborn nature, Chan became the first woman to win a men’s national title in 2016. On Wednesday, Yuen-ting reached another milestone when her team faced off against Guangzhou Evergrande in the Asian Champions League. Her opponent was coached by her former boss from Chelsea FC, Luiz Felipe Scolari, who led Brazil to their first World Cup in 2002.

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Eastern Sports Club struggled throughout the match as Wong Tsz-Ho was sent off for handball in the third minute and Wong Chi-chung received a red card in the 34th. Chan had to figure out how to win with only nine men on the field, but Scolari and his squad easily won the match.

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