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Crown clinch third at Vietnam tournament

Crown clinch third at Vietnam tournament

Phnom Penh Crown secured third place in the inaugural Toyota Mekong Club Championship yesterday with a 2-0 victory over Laotian side Hoang Anh Attapeu at Binh Duong Stadium in Vietnam.

The result saw the reigning Metfone C-League champions scoop a cash bonus of US$30,000, while their beaten opponents went home with $10,000.

Nigerian striker George Bisan proved the difference between the sides with a brace either side of the break – his first on 21 minutes and the telling second seven minutes after the restart.

Crown piled on the pressure late on, but could find no more way through the Laos defence.

On Friday night, Crown were thumped 5-2 by hosts Becamex Binh Duong while Myanmar outfit Ayeyawady United edged Attapeu 5-4 on penalties after they ended regulation time locked at 1-1.

Binh Duong took the lead barely two minutes into the game through Dieng Abass, before Nguyen Trong Hoang doubled the home side’s advantage on 41 minutes.

New Dutch signing Koen Bosma struck back for Crown with a 66th-minute goal, but Oseni Bolaji restored Binh Duong’s cushion moments later.

Late scores by Le Cong Vinh and Nguyen Tang Tuan put the result beyond doubt, although Crown were allowed a consolation even deeper into stoppage time by Bisan.

Yesterday evening’s grand final was expectantly won by Binh Duong, who beat Ayeyawady 4-1 to collect the $75,000 top prize, with the Myanmar team banking $50,000.


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