|Va Sokthorn (blue, 6) in action vs Macau: Photo by Masayori Ishikawa|
Cambodia battered Macau in the World Cup 1st round qualifier at home today, 3-0 and if they don't get whooped next Tuesday, will be into Round 2 where the big boys like Japan, Korea, etc come into the fray. There's little likelihood of Cambodia getting beyond the group stages of Round 2, but the victory in front of an 8,000 sell-out crowd at the Army Stadium will put the fans in a good mood at last, after years of pretty crappy results, and they certainly look to have the measure of Macau, beyond any unexpected disasters. A repeat of the desperate defeat to Laos in the previous World Cup qualifiers in 2011 will be at the back of everyone's mind next Tuesday. Making his World Cup debut for Cambodia was Phnom Penh Crown's recent recruit from French football, Va Sokthorn, who has Khmer parents. He has yet to play a league match for his club side but has already represented his country, which is quite a feat.
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