Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Lee steers Kingdom into next round of World Cup

Lee steers Kingdom into next round of World Cup

Cambodia’s Korean coach Lee Tae Hoon
Cambodia’s Korean coach Lee Tae Hoon. Sreng Meng Srun

Lee steers Kingdom into next round of World Cup

Cambodia’s Korean coach Lee Tae Hoon (right) got his tactics spot on last night as the Kingdom progressed to the next stage of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia with a deserved 1-1 draw in Macau to record a 4-1 agggregate win.

In a cagey affair, Cambodia’s Bin Thierry broke the deadlock on 28 minutes. Cambodia created the greater number of chances after the restart, one of which forced a save from Macau keeper Ho Man Fai and another that was pulled not far wide of the upright with both sides playing expansive football on the large Macau National Stadium pitch as space began to open up and be exploited.

But it was a clever Macau ball into the Cambodian box on 52 minutes that saw the Angkor Warriors concede a penalty, which Macau’s Leong Ka Hang converted. Cambodia stayed strong after the equaliser, and although soaking up bouts of pressure they always looked to turn defence into attack and looked dangerous on the counter, although few chances were as meaningful as their earlier efforts.

In the final 10 minutes Macau exerted some decent pressure, which on a couple of occasions needed some no-nonsense defending to clear the danger. Unphased, Cambodia looked for counterattacks to score a second to kill the tie, and when their attacks did break down, the deep-lying defence was there, with the midfield back quickly to help nullify the threat to see the Kingdom progress.

MOST VIEWED

  • Stock photo agencies cash in on Khmer Rouge tragedy
    Stock-photo companies selling images from S-21 raises ethics concerns

    A woman with short-cropped hair stares directly into the camera, her head cocked slightly to the side. On her lap is a sleeping infant just barely in the frame. The woman was the wife of a Khmer Rouge officer who fell out of favour, and

  • US think tank warns of China's 'ulterior motives'

    A US think tank on Tuesday warned that spreading Chinese investment in the Indo-Pacific follows a pattern of leveraging geopolitical influence at the expense of the nations receiving investment, including Cambodia. The report looks at a sample of 15 Chinese port development projects, noting that the

  • Defence Ministry denies weapons in smuggling case came from Cambodia

    After a Thai national was arrested last week for allegedly smuggling guns from Cambodia to Thailand, Cambodia's Defence Ministry has claimed the weapons seized during the arrest are not used in Cambodia, despite the fact that both types of rifle seized are commonly found in

  • More than three tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia seized in Mozambique

    A total of 3.5 tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia was seized by authorities in Mozambique late last week, according to the NGO Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). CITES' information was based on a report from the