Sum Vanna on the victory over Ministry of National Defense and semi-final opponents

August 29, 2019 - 12:15 PM | Post by ណាវឌ្ឍន៍

Phnom Penh Crown march on into the semi-final of the Hun Sen Cup after knocking out reigning champions Ministry of National Defense on penalty shootouts in the quarter final.

The Red Singha were beaten 1-0 by Ministry of National Defense in the first leg, but they defeated their quarter-final opponents 2-1 (2-2 on both legs) on the return leg last night before seeing off Tep Longrachna’s side through 5-4 penalty shootout victory.

Sum Vanna regards Phnom Penh Crown as the underdogs in the Hun Sen Cup semi-final, where they will face either Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng, Visakha, or Boeung Ket.

The Phnom Penh Crown caretaker manager told “They are the team with similar qualities as us including their defense and counter attack, so the ways we prepared the game were just like what we did in the first leg away from home.

“We created many chances, but our finish was not sharp enough. This is what we need to work on. We conceded goal, which was our mistake as we allowed the opponent players to move with the ball. Reung Bunheing and Phuong Soksana are experienced players, so they could score one goal back.

“I had instructed our defenders to keep pressing on Bunheing and Soksana and not to allow them to make a turn.

“Of course, we are the underdogs in the semi-final as our boys are still lack of experience. They need to be more calm and matured during the game. I will give them more playing time ahead of the semi-final.

“Visakha and Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng are quality teams. Their defense, attack, and transition play are really good. Boeung Ket have a lot of experienced players, similar to Ministry of National Defense, so if we face them in the semi-final, it should be less tough for us.”