AFF Suzuki Cup 2018: Cambodia eliminated despite Laos triumph

Gabriel Tan Gabriel Tan

Cambodia have been eliminated from AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 with a game to spare despite recording a 3-1 win over Laos at the Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh.

The Angkor Warriors broke the deadlock in the 18th minute when Sath Rosib floated an excellent cross in from the left and found an unmarked Chan Vathanaka, who glanced a header home for his second goal of the tournament.

Vathanaka heads home the opener.

Cambodia then doubled their lead five minutes after the half-hour mark as Prak Mony Udom kept his composure to fire a penalty straight down the middle, after Laos goalkeeper Saymanolinh Paseuth had rashly scythed down Sareth Krya inside the box.

Mony Udom gets in on the act from the penalty spot.

Laos did pull one back in the 76th minute when Somxay Keohanam got in behind the opposition defence down the left and raced into the area before making his way around Um Vichet – who had needlessly raced out of his goal to confront the striker – and score.

But, barely a minute later, Keo Sokpheng was picked out by a lovely over-the-top ball from Sos Suhana and cleverly sent a lob over Saymanolinh to seal the victory.

Nonetheless, with Myanmar and Vietnam playing out a 0-0 draw in the other Group A encounter, Cambodia’s faint hopes of reaching the semi-finals were officially ended as they can longer finish inside the top two.

CAMBODIA: Um Vichet, Sareth Krya (Cheng Meng 53’), Hong Pheng (Sor Piseth 69’), Soeuy Visal, Sath Rosib, Kouch Sokumpheak, Orn Chanpolin (Kouch Dani 80’), Sos Suhana, Chan Vathanaka, Prak Mony Udom, Keo Sokpheng.

LAOS: Saymanolinh Paseuth, Aphixay Thanakhanty, Kaharn Phetsivilay, Thothilath Sibounhouang, Thinnakone Vongsa, Vanna Bounlovongsa, Phatthana Phommathep (Chansamone Phommalivong 46’; Thatsaphone Saysouk 65’), Lathasay Lounlasy (Chanthaphone Waenvongsoth 84’), Phouthone Innalay, Phithack Kongmathilath, Somxay Keohanam.