Sum Vanna on Hun Sen Cup semi-final defeat to PKR Svay Rieng on penalty shootouts

September 20, 2019 - 11:23 AM | អត្ថបទដោយ៖ ពិដោរ កុរច័ន្ទរតនា

Phnom Penh Crown suffered a 4-5 defeat on penalty shootouts to Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng in the Hun Sen Cup semi-final at the National Olympic Stadium last night.

The deadlock was not broken after ninety minutes of the play as Va Sokthorn and Brak Thiva missed big chances, which meant the semi-final tie went into the penalty shootouts as there was no extra time rules.

Yeu Muslim, Sok Sovann, Orn Chanpolin, and Va Sokthorn scored their penalty, but Seut Baraing and Brak Thiva’s penalty kicks were saved by Sovanarath, who sent Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng into the Hun Sen Cup final.

Sum Vanna said during last night’s post-match press conference after a disappointing defeat that his side had practiced the penalty kicks prior to the match, but Seut Baraing and Brak Thiva didn’t make a good decision that saw their penalty kick saved.

Sum Vanna said: “We have learned how they play. Our concern was only whether our players made mistakes during the game. Whoever scored first would likely go on to win the game.

“We tried to stay focused, and I usually tried to keep my players focused on the game. We tried to deal with their flexibility as they switched their formation and rotated their players.

“We created chances in the first half, and in the second half we still continued to create chances. Both sides performed well after ninety minutes.

“We couldn’t play long balls against a team like Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng, so we tried to play low balls. We tried to create space by playing from the wing and crossed. We attacked from the left wing, and at the right side we tried to win the ball.

“We tried to play counter attack, and so did they. We had a few good chances, but Brak Thiva’s first touch was not good enough and especially his positioning.

“We practiced the penalty during the training, and we had also selected the names. They did well during the training, but they missed in the real game. They didn’t make the best decision during the shootouts.

“Our goalkeeper saved their first penalty, but our fifth penalty taker missed his penalty kick. Then we lost.”

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