Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Warriors take giant step by slaying Brunei




Warriors take giant step by slaying Brunei

Prak Mony Odom scores Cambodia’s third goal against Brunei in a 3-0 victory at the Olympic Stadium last night.
Prak Mony Odom scores Cambodia’s third goal against Brunei in a 3-0 victory at the Olympic Stadium last night.

Warriors take giant step by slaying Brunei

Cambodia took a giant step towards a place in this November’s 2016 Suzuki Cup with a 3-0 drubbing of Brunei to record their second win in the four-team qualifiers at the rain-hit Olympic Stadium yesterday evening.

In the day’s first fixture, Laos eked out a 2-1 win over Timor-Leste under testing underfoot conditions brought about by a steady drizzle.

Having lost the opener to Cambodia last Saturday, Laos found the match winner late in the game through Souliyavong after Phattana’s first-half penalty had been neutralised by Ricardo Mala’s goal in the second half for Timor-Leste.

Coach Lee Tae Hoon included stars Prak Mony Odom and Chan Vathanaka in the starting line-up to a roar of approval from another massive crowd and the duo quickly stamped their mark on the game.

A spectacular dive to his left in the second minute saw Cambodian goalkeeper Om Sereyroth divert a powerful goalbound drive by Shaharzen Said. If Brunei took some comfort from this early flutter they were in for a rude shock within minutes.

A breathtaking corner from Prak Mony Odom shook Brunei as the well-flighted ball curled into the top corner. Moments later it was Vathanaka’s turn to deliver another shock with a powerful free-kick that set off a frenzy as Sok Sovann did well to head the ball down for the onrushing Keo Sokpheng to slam the ball in.

In a span of less than 10 minutes Cambodia were 2-0 and Brunei were visibly shaken. It took a while for the Wasps to reorganise themselves and the closest they could get to scoring was when Adi Said failed to beat Om Sereyroth in a one-on-one situation well inside the box.

As the break approached, a speedy break down the middle by Prak Mony Odom caught the Brunei backline completely off-guard and the Svay Rieng star deftly worked his way deep into the box, drew the goalkeeper out and neatly placed the ball into an empty net to make it 3-0.

The Wasps showed greater resolve in the second half but towards the end lost the services of defender Yura Yunos, who got a straight red for dragging down Tit Dina.Cambodia sit on top of the table with six points from two matches and will take on Timor-Leste in the final fixture on Friday at 6.30pm.

“I am very happy with the result. But we have a job to finish and another game to win,” coach Lee Tae Hoon said after the match.

MOST VIEWED

  • Would you like fries with that? US burger chain makes Phnom Penh debut

    California-based The Habit Burger Grill restaurant chain is all set to serve up a delicious array of charbroiled burgers and sides at its newest international location in the centre of Phnom Penh. The Habit is “renowned for its award-winning Charburgers grilled over an open flame,

  • Phnom Penh underpass opens to ease traffic

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced a temporary opening of the 488m underpass at the Chaom Chao roundabout in Phnom Penh’s Por Sen Chey district, which was recently completed to connect traffic from National Road 4 to Russian Federation Blvd. The move is to reduce

  • Banteay Meanchey flood victims receive aid

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday provided aid to more than 10,000 families affected by flooding in Banteay Meanchey province’s Mongkol Borei district and offered his condolences to the 18 victims who drowned in the province over the past week. He said flooding had occured in

  • PM urges caution as Polish man tests positive for Covid

    The Ministry of Health on Wednesday reported that a 47-year-old Polish man tested positive for Covid-19 after arriving in Cambodia on Monday. There are a total of six Covid-19 patients currently in the country, all of whom are being treated at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital

  • Serving coffee with a side of robots

    The eye-catching glass building surrounded by greenery at the intersection of Streets 371 and 2002 in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district is more than just another coffee shop where you can while away a few hours. UrHobby House cafe is filled with robots and characters from

  • Show evidence of Chinese military base, critics told

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday said he had had enough of certain countries and opposition groups claiming Cambodia had allowed China to base its military in Cambodia and dared critics to show clear evidence. Hun Sen made the remarks while presiding over a groudbreaking