|PPCFC v Dordoi. Back Row LtoR: Tiny, Dara, Obadin, Sovan, S Pheng, Ary. Front: Rady, Sothy, Suhana, Borey, Sokumpheak|
Thirty minutes later the two teams emerged to the applause of the 5,531 crowd and Sokumpheak was the first to benefit from the conditions, when he latched onto a sliced kick from Daniel Tagoe, sidestepped Matiash but his rolled shot from an acute angle got stuck in a puddle. Just after the half-hour, Yok Ary's outstretched leg diverted Anderson de Souza's goalbound effort and he was on his feet when Talant Samsaliev's forty-yard punt went straight into his arms. An Ary drop-kick found Khim Borey is space but he could only whip his effort into the side-netting from an angle, while Murzaev hit a 25-yarder a few feet wide, his last action of the game as he was carried off on the stroke of half-time. After the restart, Sok Pheng blazed over from distance and Sharipov was off target at the other end. Yok Ary was down smartly to deny de Souza after referee Singh had waved play on despite Pheak Rady being flattened in the build-up. On the hour, Sokumpheak's vision and fifty-yard cross-field pass set Sok Pheng away but his powerful drive went straight to Matiash. With Dordoi using their aerial prowess to good effect, Crown were forced to defend more than attack and a diving header from Vadim Khrachenko flashed a few feet wide, while David Tetteh's shot was gathered safely by Ary.
On 68 minutes Sos Suhana and Sokumpheak combined tidily to give Suhana an opening, but again Matiash was fully behind the low drive. Soon after, Sokumpheak lent back and sent a shot well over the top as both teams made substitutions in an effort to break the deadlock. With three minutes remaining, Sok Sovan fed Sokumpheak and his 20-yard stinging drive went the wrong side of the upright. A minute later, Pheak Rady hesitated with his clearance, then caught the ankle of David Tetteh just inside the penalty area, and though he initially allowed play to continue, referee Singh brought play back, awarded a spot-kick and cautioned Rady. After two minutes of treatment for Yok Ary, Azamat Baimatov's penalty kick just crept under the goalkeeper's despairing dive and Dordoi had won the game with virtually the last kick. Gut-wrenching for Crown to have fought so well and to lose at the last gasp, as Dordoi claimed the top spot in Group B with three straight victories. Crown coach David Booth commented in the aftermatch press conference; "It was a good game by both teams given the conditions. I thought we were quite comfortable for most of the game, we dealt with everything right up until the last thirty seconds...our fitness was good, we just lost concentration at the very last moment...The referee was correct to bring us off, it was impossible, it was a danger....I was happy with 90 minutes but not happy with the last thirty seconds. It was a shame really as it spoiled a lot of hard work."
PPCFC v Dordoi: Ary, Rady, Sovan, Tiny, Obadin, Sothy, Dara, Suhana, S Pheng (H Pheng 73), Borey, Sokumpheak. Subs not used; Chamrouen, Vanthan, Lika, Sophanal, Seyha, Sovanna, Makara. Bookings: Rady.
|Last minute team huddle|
|The Dordoi starting XI|
|It's pouring with rain during the match|