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Smart Eagle players lift the trophy on Saturday.
Smart Eagle players lift the trophy on Saturday. In Sopheng

Smart Eagle take down Kouprey to win tourney

Smart Eagle paved their way to win the second season title of 2016 Smart Futsal Cup on Saturday after they edged Kouprey 1-0 in a tense final round.

Earlier, White Unicorn, who lost to Kouprey 2-0 in the semifinal, showed a strong performance to easily trounce Lion 3-0 in the third-place playoff.

In the final, both Smart Eagle and Kouprey showcased their strengths in defence and finished the first half 0-0.

After a short break, the two teams were still consistent in defence, although they both created many chances in front of the goal.

While the match looked set to finish goal-less, a late winner from Kang Pisith was enough to secure Smart Eagle the title. Kouprey tried to fight back in the final minutes, and they gave themselves a good chance to level the score, but their efforts came to nothing.

Smart Eagle lifted the trophy and took away $500 in prize money, whilst runners-up Kouprey went home with $300. Meanwhile, White Unicorn who beat Lion to win the third place were awarded $200 while Lion, who lost to the current champion holder 5-1 in the semifinal, and other participating teams went home with $50 each.

After handing over the trophy, event organisation committee head Chao Chivoeung said: “The tournament run very smoothly and even though there are some minor injuries, the players played happily and the event also attracted more players than last year.

With the successful finish, we plan to organise the event every year. The event not only helps the players healthier and encourages good communication among the staff, but it also raises the sport in Cambodia.”

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