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Dangkor, Akira set up final

Dangkor, Akira set up final

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An ACLEDA player takes on Akira FC’s keeper during their Football for All semifinal yesterday.

In a dramatic penalty shootout, Khan Dangkor edged out Preah Khan Reach veterans 10-11 to set up a final showdown with Akira FC, who prevailed over ACLEDA in the Sports for All football tournament semifinals at Olympic Stadium yesterday.

The final between Khan Dangkor and Akira is scheduled for January 1, along with the third- place playoff between the PKR Veterans and ACLEDA.

Dangkor and PKR took turns to lead, only to allow the other side to swiftly equalise.

Dangkor’s 38th-minute strike was equalised a minute later by PKR, who saw former national striker Hok Socheatra deftly convert a penalty.

Late in the second session, Socheatra drove PKR to the front in the 68th minute with a well struck free kick, but it took Dangkor just two minutes to level the scores at 2-2 from open play.

Two 10-minute spells of extra time failed to break the impasse and both sides converted the first eight penalties in the shootout. Both missed their ninth as Dankor converted the next to go 11-10 up and were relieved to see PKR misfire with their reply.

In the day’s earlier match, Nelson Okiwe Theophilier and Mok Makara scored a goal each for Akira to peg back ACLEDA, for whom Phan Chan Thoul found the only goal.

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