Vietnamese-origin talent takes Cambodia to the semis of men's football in SEA Games
Keo Sokpheng is one of three players who found the net and give Cambodia a ticket to the semi-final of SEA Game men’s football.
Despite their highest advantages, Cambodia must beat Malaysia to advance to the next round. Meanwhile, hosts Philippines only needs a win over underdog Timor Leste to raise their goal difference.
Starting the game, coach Felix Dalmas asked his players to play a mid-range squad, giving Malaysia the domination in the mid field but still ready to collise in their home field.
Using the same style of play as the national team, but U22 Malaysia is not as sharp. Cambodia creates overwhelming dominance in the border, making Malaysia unable to perform overlapping situations or coordinate effectively.
Almost during the first half of the match, both teams did not create many opportunities when Malaysia played deadlocked, while Cambodia stalked each counter attack.
In the second half, U22 Cambodia still develops same play style. As a result, the ball bounced and In Sodavid quickly launched a dangerous shot to open the score. Two minutes later, Sieng Chanthea dribbled the ball on the left before finding Hazig Nadzli’s net to double the score.
In the 69th minute, the Vietnamese-origin player Keo Sokpheng scored a goal to help Cambodia get the third goal. Malaysia could only score one more goal in the last minutes. The 3-1 score is just enough for Cambodia to win a slot to the semi-finals. Cambodia's opponent will possibly be Vietnam.
CAMBODIA 3-1 MALAYSIA! It was nail bitting in the end, but Cambodia have finally booked a place in the semifinals beating 2017 silver medallists Malaysia no less!
89' GOAL! MALAYSIA 1-3!
Dominic Tan has scored and Philippines can progress if they score two more in the other match!
68' GOAL! CAMBODIA 3-0 MALAYSIA !!!
And there is the third! Keo Sokpheng fires in from the centre of the box from a cross from the right! Malaysia over and out here in Manila!
CAMBODIA 3-0 MALAYSIA!
57' GOAL! CAMBODIA 2-0!!
Siang Chanthea with some space on the left, gets inside the box, beats a defender and also beats the Malaysia keeper at his near post! Cambodia now lead 2-0 and are set to reach the semifinals! What a turnaround!
CAMBODIA 2-0 MALAYSIA!
56' GOAL! CAMBODIA 1-0!
The much-awaited goal has come and it is Cambodia who have taken the lead here as In Sodavid scores after Haziq Nadzli punches out a corner kick to the edge of the box!
CAMBODIA 1-0 MALAYSIA!
48' MALAYSIA CHANCE!
Luqman Hakim is played through on goal with the goalkeeper to beat, but the Malaysian forward lifts the ball over the keeper and also over the goal!
46' SECOND HALF begins!
CAMBODIA 0-0 MALAYSIA!
As it stands, both Cambodia and Malaysia are heading out if the scores remain the same across the two matches. Philippines are leading 2-0 against Timor-Leste in the other Group A game and are placed to progress at the moment.
45' TWO minutes added on!
33' Injury concern for Malaysia!
As Dominic Tan is stretchered out of the pitch after falling awkwardly!
28' Long goal kick forward from Cambodia...
And Malaysia defender Irfan Zakaria misses his header letting Orn Chanpolin in behind him! Haziq Nadzli advances off his line to clear the danger, but Cambodia captain fails to find the target past the goalkeeper!
15' Malaysia have looked the more cohesive of the sides in attack so far. They have gone close with Luqman Hakim and Danial Haqim, but not close enough!
12' Malaysia goalkeeper Haziq Nadzli fumbles at goal... But Cambodia forward Seut Baraing fails to take full advantage!
10' Philippines have taken the lead against Timor Leste to climb to the second spot in Group A This means, Cambodia and Malaysia will knock each other out with a draw. One of these two must win in order to progress if the Azkals go onto win theirs!
1' KICK OFF!
All to play off here!
U22 Malaysia experiences bad SEA Games edition as they are pooled in group B with strong rival. Ong Kim Swee’s side gained only 1 win, 1 draw and a loss.
Currently, Cambodia, Malaysia and the Philippines have the same 4 points with the goal difference of +4, +3 and 0. Malaysia is forced to win against Cambodia, and hope the Philippines does not win massively over competitor East Timor .
The task is not simple because Cambodia plays very well on the artificial pitch. While Malaysia could not win against the Philippines, Cambodia drew the hosts with a 1-1 score.
The confrontation between U22 Cambodia and Malaysia will decide the ticket to go on.
Coach Ong Kim Swee said: "The whole team didn’t play following my wish. It was different with what we did agaisnt UAE. Although the competition was not good, Coach Ong Kim Swee was still very confident."
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Starting XI of Cambodia vs Malaysia