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Cambodia fall to champions

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The Cambodian 2011 Homeless World Cup team pose for a photo at the Champ de Mars pitch in Paris. Photo by: ESME DEACON

Using their superior physical traits and formidable ball skills, reigning champions Brazil trounced Cambodia 20-2 in their final group stage game of the 2011 Homeless Football World Cup in Paris on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, Cambodia crashed to a 11-1 defeat at the hands of Austria to finish fifth in the six-team Group F, recording their sole victory against Sweden, who remained winless.

As expected, Brazil topped the group with a perfect record, slamming 73 goals in total and conceding as few as six. South Africa with four wins finished second with Austria taking third spot.

While the top three teams from each of the eight groups moved into the upper tier of the secondary stage, the bottom three were clustered in the lower half, with nations divided again into groups of six.

Interestingly Brazil and tournament favourites Portugal find themselves in Group C of the secondary stage, along with Croatia, the Philippines, Poland and Scotland.

Apart from the Philippines, Indonesia is the only other Asian country to make the top half cut. Indonesia are grouped with Denmark, Italy, Netherlands, Russia and Ukraine.

Cambodia find themselves back in Group F, where they now come up against Argentina, Germany, Ghana, Norway and Palestine.

In the Women’s World Cup competition running concurrently at the Champs de Mars park pitch, title holders Brazil have emerged as the front runners of Group B with a clean sweep of four wins out of four. Group A is led by Kenya and Mexico with four wins each.

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