Cambodia beat Macau by the odd goal in three in their second AFC Challenge Cup Group-A qualifying match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
Cambodia’s victory in the battle of two lightweights lifted their image to some extent after their 1-0 defeat at the hands of the hosts Bangladesh on Monday.
Macau on their other hand suffered their second defeat after their 4-0 thrashing against Myanmar.
In a usual hot sunny afternoon the game began in front of a scarce crowd and it was in the 11th minute when Cambodian striker Teab Vathanak broke the duck with a low drive from inside the box after being brilliantly fed by midfielder Kim Borey (1-0).
Cambodia doubled the lead in the 66th minute with Keo Sokngorn stabbing home a ball that came by his way after hitting the cross bar off a corner.
Macau were also not denied their first share of spotlight when they pulled off a consolation goal in the 75th minute. Chan Man Hei put his name in the score sheet with a placing shot from a goalmouth melee.
Cambodian coach Prak Sovannara said that a day’s gap in between games did not give the players enough recovery time although he expressed satisfaction over his team’s performance.
“I think the players did well and were definitely better than the first game. It’s quite satisfying to see the players do well but had there been more than a day’s gap in between matches I think they would have performed better,” said Prak.
Macau coach Leung Sui Wing blasted the searing heat once again and wasted no time in blaming the tough conditions for his team’s defeat.
“In the first half it was exceedingly hot and our players are really not used to such heat and humidity. We are lucky that Cambodia missed quite a few chances in the first half. But in the second half as the weather cooled down a little our game improved of course with the introduction of a few fresh legs,” said Leung.
Macau will play their last game against hosts Bangladesh on Thursday while Cambodia face Myanmar earlier on the same day.