Final last-eight places up for grabs in Hun Sen Cup

Phnom Penh Crown player (right) and National Defense Player on the first day of group game.
Phnom Penh Crown player (right) and National Defense Player on the first day of group game. Sreng Meng Srun

Final last-eight places up for grabs in Hun Sen Cup

Group A winners and reigning champions National Police will play Group B runners-up Build Bright United when the quarterfinals of 2015 Hun Sen Cup commence on Saturday, while Group B toppers TriAsia Phnom Penh will meet 2015 Metfone-Cambodian League rivals Albirex Niigata Phnom Penh.

Police, who beat Tbong Khmum 7-0 in the group stage’s first round and then edged Albirex Niigata 2-1 on Saturday, claimed top spot in the group when they beat Kratie 4-0 yesterday in the last round of group games at the National Football Training Centre.

Albirex escaped elimination after they edged Tbong Khmum 1-0 in the final group game to claim the second and final spot for next round. Kratie and Tbong Khmum both exited the competition after they got only 1 points from three games.

After the final games in Group B, Tri-Asia, who started slowly with a 1-1 draw against Kirivong Sok Sen Chey on the opening day but beat Kampot 11-1 on Saturday, go through to the quarter-finals as group winners after they beat Metfone C League rivals Build Bright United 2-0.

However, in the other game in the group, Kirivong Sok Sen Chey, who lost to Build Bright United 3-1 on Saturday, were held a 1-1 a draw by Kampot. The draw was enough for Build Bright to make their appearance in the next round

Today’s games will see top four teams fight for first place in their groups when Boeung Ket Angkor play Phnom Penh Crown in the final game of Group C, and Svay Rieng meet Naga World in group D.

Crown will be aiming to avoid meeting a strong team in the last eight by beating Group C runners-up Boeung Ket Angkor starting at 3:30pm.

The Metfone Cambodian League champions know a draw will be enough for them to go through as group winner thanks to their goal difference after they beat National Defence 4-0 on the first day before trouncing Battambang 15-0 in their second group game on Sunday.

However, Boeung Ket, who started their campaign strongly with a 10-2 win over Battambang, are not an easy team to beat. The former Metfone C League champions secured their place for the last eight by beating National Defence 1-0 on Sunday to stand firmly in second place.

Svay Rieng FC will look to continue their form and avoid meeting a strong team from Group C after they smashed Prey Veng 23-1 on Sunday. Striker Brak Moni Udom scored 16 goals to take his total to 19 goals from two games. The former Preah Khan Reach FC, who started very strongly in the first day of the cup group stage with a 6-0 win over Apsara Authority (Siem Reap), will need just a draw when they play Group D’s second-placed NagaWorld to claim the first spot.

Meanwhile, in the same group, Apsara Authority, who lost to Naga 4-1 in the second games on Sunday, have to play Prey Veng in a dead rubber after they both lost two from two games.

The winners of Group C will play the second placed finisher in Group D, while the runners-up in Group A will meet the winner of Group D. The quarters will kick off on Saturday.

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