Angkor Tiger put four goals past Phnom Penh Crown at the RSN Stadium last weekend to secure a superb 4-0 away win over the six-time champions, who thrashed them 5-2 at the Siem Reap Stadium in their first league meeting of the season.
A brace from Japanese forward Sugiyama Joichiro and two further goals from Thorn Seyha and Taing Sopheak helped the visitors hammer Coach Luke Sainsbury’s side in the Metfone Cambodian League Match-day 18.
Here are the five talking points from Angkor Tiger’s convincing win…
Angkor Tiger have beaten Phnom Penh Crown twice this season in their last two trips to the RSN Stadium, scoring eight goals and conceding only one. The Siem Reap-based club could have made the most remarkable Hun Sen Cup second-leg come-back win after defeating the two-time Hun Sen Cup winners 4-1 (4-4 on aggregate) before downing them on penalty shootouts to reach the semi-finals of the tournament.
Angkor Tiger are unbeaten in their last five league matches with two draws and three consecutive victories, helping them snatch incredible eleven points. They drew 1-1 twice at home with league leaders Nagaworld and Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng before going on to defeat Electricite Du Cambodge 5-0, G.C National Police 3-1, and Phnom Penh Crown 4-0.
After securing another three vital points, Coach Oriol Mohedano’s side climb up the league table to the eighth place and drop Asia Euro United to the ninth place in the current league table after Coach Sok Veasna’s side were held to a 2-2 draw by Electricite Du Cambodge.
Phnom Penh Crown fielded several second-option players the like of goalkeeper Kung Chanvuthy, Yue Safy, and Ken Chansopheak as they also left two foreign players including Jonny Campbell and Sunny Jane on the bench, so this could be one of several reasons that led to a heavy defeat at home.
A 4-0 loss to Angkor Tiger is Phnom Penh Crown’s fourth home defeat in the Metfone Cambodian League this season. The city-based club are not having a good home record this season as they have won only three times from their last ten home matches (three draws and four losses).
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