Brak Thiva’s second-half strike sees Phnom Penh Crown run out 1-0 winner against Angkor Tiger
June 22, 2019 - 8:47 PM | Article by Sophak
It’s another magical night at the Smart RSN Stadium as Brak Thiva scored the only goal of the match to help Phnom Penh Crown beat Angkor Tiger 1-0 to secure their fifth consecutive league victory at home.
Phnom Penh Crown were made to work hard before they snatched a hard-earned three points against in-form Angkor Tiger, who created several big chances in the second half in search for a point from their visit to the Smart RSN Stadium.
Ream Serng headed wide from a corner kick delivered by Mao Piseth before Okereke Thimothy had a shot saved by Phnom Penh Crown goalkeeper Saveng Samnang, who then made another save from Pov Phearith’s effort from the distance.
Brak Thiva found Mao Piseth with space inside Angkor Tiger’s dangerous area and sent out a perfect ball to the forward who couldn’t find the target with his low effort, and then Angkor Tiger center-back Choum Pisa headed wide over the cross bar.
With three minutes remaining before the half-time break, Yue Safy got a glorious chance that should have put Phnom Penh Crown in front, but the center-back’s free header from Brak Thiva’s corner was off target.
Angkor Tiger created an early threat into the second half, with Okereke Thimothy’s header collected by Saveng Samnang. Brak Thiva unleashed a powerful strike that required Hem Simai to pull away.
Brak Thiva broke the deadlock to put Phnom Penh Crown in front in the sixty-eighth minute of the play. Mao Piseth produced a brilliant individual skill as he edged past Tang Pisey and delivered a low pass for Brak Thiva to slot home the opening goal for Phnom Penh Crown.
Five minutes later, Saveng Samnang made double saves to deny Angkor Tiger’s equalizer. Sugiyama Joichiro used his pace to break into Phnom Penh Crown’s penalty box before making a lovely low ball to Ramos Alexis, whose double efforts were saved by Saveng Samnang.
Ramos Alexis missed another big chance to draw Angkor Tiger level as he headed wide from Sugiyama Joichiro’s perfect cross. Paulo Victor produced a sensational skill as he dribbled past three Angkor Tiger players in the final minute of the stoppage time, but his low strike was denied by Hem Simai.
The final whistle was blown out, and Phnom Penh Crown snatched all three points from a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Angkor Tiger as it is also their fourth successive league win in a row.