Luck the difference in Cambodia-Laos clash

Cambodia coach Hok Sochetra believes luck was the only thing his side were missing after they fell to a 1-0 defeat to Laos in the AFF Suzuki Cup qualifiers on Sunday.

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Visay Phaphouvanin scored the only goal of the game to hand Laos all three points and, in the process, condemn the Cambodians to their second defeat in as many games, leaving their qualification hopes dangling by a thread.

Nonetheless, Sochetra insists his side were deserving of at least a point on Sunday and remained upbeat they had what it takes to bounce back and seal their progress with results in their final two games.

"Today [Sunday] my players put on a much better performance than our last game," he said on the competition's official website. "All of them came back well after our loss to Timor Leste and I think that we were just unlucky.

"I think that we had three or four good chances in the game when I thought that we would surely score but we didn't manage to get a goal.

"We are in a difficult position now but I still hope that we can win our next match and that we can go through to the next round."

Laos coach Kokichi Kimura was happy with the way his kicked off their campaign with victory, and is confident they can keep up their record of qualifying for every edition of the region's most-prestigious competition.

"It was our first game of the tournament so it was important for us to get a good result," he said.

"Cambodia had already played here and they gave us a good match so it was a good result for us."

The Japanese did admit his side were slightly fortunate their opponents failed to get a goal from their many chances, and is hoping they improve in their next game against Timor Leste.

"Maybe we were lucky because if Cambodia had got a goal, the game would have changed," Kimura added. "But it shows us all that there are no easy games in football.

"Sometimes you can get lucky but the important thing is that we won the game.

"Maybe today [Sunday] we did not play too well and I hope that we will play better in our next match against Timor Leste. They beat Cambodia 5-1 in their first game but they were beaten 2-1 by Myanmar today [Sunday].

"This is football and we'll see what happens in the next game."

The Suzuki Cup qualifiers resume on Tuesday with Timor Leste taking on Laos, while Cambodia face off with Brunei.

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