I've just walked in the door to be greeted with news that Cambodia
beat Macau 2-1 this afternoon in their AFC Challenge Cup qualifying match, though I know the national coach was aiming to score a lot more goals. Nevertheless, a win was their target and that's what they achieved, with the goals coming from
Teab Vathanak after 12 minutes and youngster Keo Sokngorn (pictured) on 66 minutes. Macau got their solitary goal fifteen minutes from time through Che Chi Man. A crowd of 6,000 watched the game played in the blistering afternoon heat, recorded at a roasting 39C. True to his word, Cambodian coach Prak Sovannara changed his line-up from the team that lost on the opening day, bringing in Om Thavrak, Khoun Laboravy and Sokngorn into the starting eleven, though two substitutions just after the half-hour mark, gave the team a different look in the first-half. The Cambodia line-up was: Seiha, Chanbunrith (62 Narith), Raksmey (33 Pichseyla), Tiny, Thavrak, Borey, Sokngorn, Vathanak, Laboravy, Sovannarith, El Nasa (36 Sokumpheak). subs
(not used) Mic, Rady, Ravy. More on the game as I get it.
In the evening kick-off, Myanmar defeated the hosts Bangladesh 2-1 as well, with two second-half goals from Pai Soe after the booters had taken an early lead. That leaves Cambodia and the hosts Bangladesh on three points apiece with identical records, whilst Myanmar lead the table with six points. There is still everything to play for in the two final games that'll take place on Thursday, though Cambodia will have the more difficult task of defeating Myanmar and by enough of a margin to win the group or finish as the best ranked runners-up out of the four qualifying groups. This is where it starts to get mind-boggling.
Labels: AFC Cup, Cambodia football