With their defence of the Hun Sen Cup up in flames and league campaign in tatters, Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng suffered one of their worst defeats when they were rocked by a 6-1 home loss to Asia Europe United on Saturday, as second placed NagaWorld consolidated their status with a 3-0 win over whipping boys Western Phnom Penh.
Boeung Ket and Visakha, the other two sides in what is shaping up to be a three-way Metfone C-League title fight were set to clash on Sunday evening.
For all their firepower, had Naga only Tatsuro Inui’s 39th minute goal in the first half to show for their efforts.
It was clear they were doing just enough to collect the three points, and they were sealed when Song Chi-hun doubled the lead on the hour mark and George Bisan got on the scoresheet with a stoppage-time goal.
Beaten in the cruellest manner via penalties by Ministry of National Defense in the Hun Sen Cup quarterfinals, Svay Rieng looked listless on Saturday.
Captain Mat Hosan led the charge with a ninth-minute goal and added one more to set the tune for AEU as later goals from Momoh Degule Sumaila, Ben Udom and a Befolo Mbarga brace made the scoreline embarrassing for the home side, before Daisuke pulled one back after AEU were five ahead.
At Siem Reap’s Svay Thom Stadium, Angkor Tiger, buoyed by their Cup success against Crown in midweek, easily had the measure of National Police.
The game had long been lost before Noun Borey’s consolation for Police in the 78th minute as they were already three goals behind. Taing Sopheak, Joichiro Sugiyama and Pov Phearith had by then already put the home side in a position of absolute authority.