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Players take part in the action over the weekend.
Players take part in the action over the weekend. Sreng Meng Srun

Lion, Unicorn and Eagle battle to reach semis

White Unicorn, Lion Team and Smart Eagle this weekend progressed to the semifinal of the 2016 Smart Futsal Cup, the group stage of which will finish next Saturday.

White Unicorn beat Fou Nan 4-2 in round 4 of Group A at the Down Town futsal pitch in Posenchey district on Saturday to gain maximum points from four games and top the group.

Lion Team, meanwhile, also recorded an important win after they defeated NOC-FC 9-1 to go second in the group, behind leaders Unicorn on goal difference.

Those wins have secured the two teams enough points advantage to progress to the knockout stage from Group A, although both of them have to play one more game next Saturday.

However, White Unicorn and Lion Team will face each other next weekend in a game that will determine who will finish as group winner.

In Group B, on the same pitch on Saturday, Smart Eagle also booked their place in the semifinal after they beat HQ-All Stars 4-0 to lead the group with 10 points, one point above second-placed Kouprey and four points ahead of Retail United in third place with one game left to play.

Kouprey need only one point from next weekend’s game to progress to the semifinal after they won 5-2 against Retail United, easily holding second place in the group as they are nine points ahead of this week’s opponents CTO-Tiger, while leaders Smart Eagle have to play Bong Smart, who finished with a 2-2 draw against CTO-Tiger.

Meanwhile, Retail United, who are trailing Kouprey by three points, will play HQ-All Stars this weekend.

After Gameweek 4 of the 16 million riel ($4,000) futsal competition, organiser Chao Chivoeung said that “this is the fourth round, and this year is better compared to the last edition because there is no injury to the players and they played with great techniques. The process of holding the matches is also going smoothly.”

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