Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Army down NagaWorld in shootout




Army down NagaWorld in shootout

Naga players react after their penalty shootout defeat to Army last night.
Naga players react after their penalty shootout defeat to Army last night. Sreng Meng Srun

Army down NagaWorld in shootout

In a sensational penalty shootout Ministry of National Defence ousted two-time champions NagaWorld 5-3 in the first Metfone C-League championship playoff at Olympic Stadium last night.

The contest, between the third- and fourth-placed teams after the double-round league phase, ended goalless after two spells of 15 minutes of extra-time failed to break the deadlock leading to the nerve-wracking penalties.

Dani Kouch’s miss at the start of Naga’s quota was a devastating blow from which the casino-backed side could not recover.

As Army hit home one spot-kick after another, a visibly nervous Naga kept in touch until forward Suong Virak missed to hand victory to Army, whose Cup final victory in 2016 was also achieved after the intense drama of a penalty shootout.

Having struggled their way to make it to to the four-team playoffs, Army are now just two matches away from winning their first ever league championship.

The two-time league runners-up will now meet Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng in the next playoff on Saturday to earn the right to challenge league phase winners Boeung Ket for the 2017 title.

MOST VIEWED

  • Cambodia-Thailand rail reconnected after 45 years

    A railway reconnecting Cambodia and Thailand was officially inaugurated on Monday following a 45-year hiatus, with the two kingdoms’ prime ministers in attendance at the ceremony. On the occasion, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha travelled together from Thailand’s

  • Thousands attend CNRP-organised pro-democracy vigil in South Korea

    Thousands of supporters of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) on Saturday gathered in the South Korean city of Gwangju to hold a candlelight demonstration calling for the “liberation” of democracy in Cambodia. Yim Sinorn, a CNRP member in South Korea, said on

  • US Embassy: Chinese trade does not help like the West’s

    The US Embassy in Phnom Penh on Friday said relations between China and Cambodia did not create jobs or help industry when compared to the trade between the Kingdom and the US. “About 87 per cent of trade [with China] are Chinese imports, which do not

  • Vietnamese land-grabbers held

    Following a provincial court order, Ratanakkiri Military Police on April 16 arrested 12 Vietnamese nationals accused of crossing the border into Cambodia and illegally clearing forest land. The accused are now being detained at Phnom Svay prison in the province. Ratanakkiri military police commander Thav Yen told