Monday, February 27, 2012
The Cambodia U-21s + 5 came unstuck tonight in their 2nd group match in the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy, much as expected. They were up against Vietnam, and even though their near neighbours fielded their U-19 team, they still proved too big a hurdle to overcome, though the result was in doubt until the very end. In theory, Cambodia's more seasoned campaigners should've been able to put up a better showing, but Vietnam netted their 2nd goal in injury time and Cambodia could only score a late consolation effort through old-pro Teab Vathanak in the final minute of time added on. Yet another disappointment for Lee Tae-Hoon's men but it didn't come as a surprise to anyone. Worryingly, Cambodia's next opponents, Timor Leste, one of the lowest-ranking teams in world football (204th out of 208), pulled off a shock 2-0 win over Malaysia's U-19s tonight and that result will strike fear into the Cambodian camp, with the two teams meeting on Wednesday night.