Paulo Victor’s late strike sees Phnom Penh Crown grab their first home win of the season
April 28, 2019 - 8:52 PM | Article by Sophak
Phnom Penh Crown were made to fight hard to secure their first victory at home, with match winner hero Paulo Victor netting a late goal to hand the Red Singha a hard-earned three points against Asia Euro United at the Smart RSN Stadium.
The match that was originally scheduled to be played at 6.00pm was delayed by thirty minutes due to heavy rain that left most parts of the pitch at the Smart RSN Stadium with water.
Va Sokthorn had a shot off target before Asia Euro United’s forward Jokic headed wide over the cross bar from a free-kick.
Paulo Victor came close to put Phnom Penh Crown ahead after making a brilliant run, but the Brazilian forward’s low shot was denied by Asia Euro United goalkeeper Yotin’s left foot.
Savang Samnang produced double saves from Asia Euro United attacking duo, with Yokic firing a low shot that was an easy save for the Phnom Penh Crown goalkeeper, who then made another save from Kader’s effort.
Shuhei Mitsuhashi got two great opportunities inside Asia Euro United’s penalty area within two minutes. The Japanese midfielder’s first attempt came in after a nice low cross from Va Sokthorn, but he couldn’t find the target.
Then Yeu Muslim delivered a low cross that was picked by Shuhei Mitsuhashi near the penalty spot, but the Asia Euro United defender made a timely block from Shuhei Mitsuhashi’s low strike.
With two minutes remaining, Yeu Muslim got a glorious chance to give Phnom Penh Crown an advantage before the interval, but his effort from the rebound prior to Yotin’s save was wide.
It took Phnom Penh Crown eighty-four minutes of the play to break the deadlock thanks to Paulo Victor’s nice strike after the Brazilian forward received a sublime pass from second-half substitute Pov Ponvuthy.
Va Sokthorn was so close to double Phnom Penh Crown advantage that could make it safe for them to secure a win, but his effort was well denied by Yotin.
Asia Euro United tried to push forward in the injury time in search for an equalizer, but Phnom Penh Crown’s well defending handed them a narrow 1-0 victory at home.