Cambodian heavyweights Phnom Penh Crown were eliminated in the first round of the 2012 RHB Singapore Cup last night, but can return home proud of a spirited performance that saw them end up on the wrong side of a 4-3 scoreline against 2011 S.League winners Tampines Rovers.
Crown opened the scoring at the Clementi Stadium on 15 minutes via a header from experienced striker Khim Borey, who has scored five times from his four international Cup ties this month.
With both sides creating chances, the hosts restored parity on 42 minutes through captain Alexandar Duric.
An injury to Crown keeper Yok Ary held up the game for a while, and Tampines used the time added on at the end of the half to full advantage netting twice through Jamil Ali and Imran Sahib.
Shortly before the hour mark, Crown skipper Kouch Sokumpheak volleyed in off a Khim Borey free kick to reduce the deficit, and just a minute later grabbed his second from a penalty box scramble to level things at 3-3.
Five minutes later, Duric put Tampines back in front and the home side managed to hold on for the win and advance to the second round.
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