Keo Sokpheng’s half-time equalizer secures a massive point for Cambodia against Hong Kong

មាស សុផាណារ៉ុង September 5, 2019


Phnom Penh៖ Cambodia put on a massive performance that rewards them a deserved point from a 1-1 draw with Hong Kong in their opening Group C match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers second round.

Hong Kong took control in the first fifteen minutes as Andrew Russell headed wide from Yu Yingzhi’s free kick in the first minute of the tie.

Visakha left-back, who was deployed as a winger, delivered a free kick cleared by the opponent defender.

Tan Chun Lok got two good chances, with his early effort going wide over the bar before he put Hong Kong in front with his second strike that went through Cambodia goalkeeper Keo Soksela’s legs.

In the half-way of the first period, Hoy Phallin tried a long range effort saved by Hong Kong goalkeeper Yapp Hung Fai.

Few minutes later, Keo Sokpheng equalized for Cambodia through a great team work, with Sath Rosib sending a through ball for the Visakha midfielder to score and make it 1-1 at the break.

Cambodia produced a delightful performance that saw them dominate the second half, with second half substitutes Seang Chanthea and Kouch Dani failing to find the net.

Seang Chanthea came the closest to score a historic goal for Cambodia, but his effort from a great individual skill was denied by the post.

Kouch Dani sent out an effort from the left hand side, but it only went off target as both sides shared the points from a 1-1 draw.

Cambodia will play their second Group C match against Bahrain at home on September 10.


By: Sophak Huy