In the 2nd half Cambodia again had chances to open the scoring. Sokumpheak volleyed just past the post early on, then he swung his foot but missed connecting with a Laboravy cross on the hour, inside the six-yard box. A minute later both Laboravy and Sokumpheak couldn't reach a Borey cross that skidded across the Filipino goal-line and on 75 minutes it looked like Nuth Sinoun had latched onto a long ball as Etheridge dithered but the striker fluffed it and fell over the keeper, when taking it round him looked the easy option. Both teams tired and the game became stretched, Cambodia's touch deserted them and whilst Philippines were happy to play for the draw, Ouk Mic kept the score at 0-0 with a last-gasp save from Younghusband. So, acutely disappointing for Cambodia, they had the opportunity to progress but failed to find that vital final touch in front of goal. If Timor beat Laos in the final game (do miracles happen?) or at least hold them to a single-goal defeat, then Cambodia can still go through but I'm not putting my house on that happening.
And as expected, Laos stuffed Timor 6-1 and Cambodia missed out on qualification on goal difference despite ending on 5 points, the same total as the two qualifiers, Laos and Philippines. Drat and double-drat.
The Cambodia line-up: Mic, Raksmey, Rady, Rithy, Tiny; Narith, Sopanha, Borey (Soksana 83m), Sokngorn (Saray 64m); Sokumpheak, Laboravy (Sinoun 75m). [Subs not used] Borin, Piseth, Sothearath, Bunchhay.
Khuon Laboravy's first-half free-kick that struck the crossbar was the closest Cambodia came to scoring