Phnom Penh Crown 1 Asia Euro United 0: Five talking points
April 29, 2019 - 2:41 PM | Article by Sophak
Paulo Victor’s late strike secured The Red Singha an important three points in a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Asia Euro United at the Smart RSN Stadium last night.
Here are the five talking points from Phnom Penh Crown’s hard-earned victory…
First home win of the season
Paulo Victor’s only goal of last night’s match against Asia Euro United means Phnom Penh Crown finally claimed their first victory at home in the 2019 Metfone Cambodian League campaign.
The Red Singha have played three league matches at the Smart RSN Stadium so far this season, losing twice to tough rivals such as Boeung Ket and Visakha.
Leonardo Vitorino’s side were beaten 3-2 at home by Boeung Ket in their opening match before they went down 3-1 to Visakha in their second home match of the season.
They, however, ended their nightmare at home with a narrow 1-0 win over Asia Euro United last night, and the victory could mean so much to the team as it can boost their morale ahead of the next league fixtures.
A great response after a heavy defeat at Svay Rieng
Phnom Penh Crown were thrashed 5-1 by host Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng at the Svay Rieng Stadium a week before their astonishing win over Asia Euro United.
Conor Nestor’s side handed Phnom Penh Crown their third loss of the campaign as they put the visitors to the sword. Phnom Penh Crown were then made to leave the Svay Rieng Stadium with a great pain after the humiliation.
With their hard fight during last night’s victory, Phnom Penh Crown showed that they had put their disappointment aside and pulled out an outstanding performance that earned them three points.
Always tough to face Asia Euro United
It’s always tough to face Asia Euro United in the league campaign these days as Phnom Penh Crown were made to work hard to snatch a victory that they desperately needed.
The visitors’ attacking duo Jokic and Kader put Phnom Penh Crown in troubles in a few occasions, but thanks to their well-organized defense that sees Phnom Penh Crown keep their second clean sheet of the season.
Phnom Penh Crown goalkeeper Savang Samnang produced double saves from Jokic and Kader’s effort from outside the penalty area; meanwhile, the defenders also worked hard to stop the Asia Euro United attacking duo, too.
Pov Ponvuthy continues to contribute
Pov Ponvuthy once again played a big part in Phnom Penh Crown’s victory. The forward provided a sublime pass for Paulo Victor to score the match winner just six minutes after coming on to replace Mao Piseth.
The 21-year-old also scored a fabulous goal after he was introduced in the second half during Phnom Penh Crown’s 2-0 win over Bati Youth U18 at the Bati Football Training Center on March 31.
His excellent ball to Paulo Victor, who made no mistake with a nice finish, gave Phnom Penh Crown’s supporters an exciting moment in the memorable night at the Smart RSN Stadium.
Paulo Victor is the key in Phnom Penh Crown’s attack
The hard work paid off after Pov Ponvuthy’s brilliant pass was picked up by Paulo Victor, who then stirred past Asia Euro United goalkeeper Yotin to seal Phnom Penh Crown a tough 1-0 win.
The Brazilian forward has now scored four goals in his five league appearances for Phnom Penh Crown, emerging himself as the key man in Phnom Penh Crown’s attack.
With five Metfone Cambodian League matches down, Phnom Penh Crown have scored seven goals, four of which belong to the 24-year-old, who has scored against Boeung Ket, Visakha, Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng, and Asia Euro United lately.