Singapore remains on top despite loss to Cambodia

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Denny Zahril

The other game of Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy saw leader of Group B, Singapore, against Cambodia on Sunday at the Track and Field Hassanal Bolkiah National Sport Complex. Singapore has already qualified for the semi finals after their big 5-1 win against Lao PDR.

Singapore’s first attack came from a square into the box by Zulqarnaen Suzliman but there was no one in a red shirt at the end of it. In the 15th minute, Joshua Bernard Pereira of Singapore controlled a failed clearance by the Cambodian’s defence but his volley did not trouble the goalkeeper.

Cambodia’s best chance came when Long Phearath found himself unmarked in Singapore’s penalty box but he failed to steer his header into the goal. Cambodia’s long ranger Brak Thiva made several efforts outside the box, and one of his attempts can only be palmed away and Sos Suhana was able to finish it at the rebound. Cambodia nearly got a second with a freekick by Ouk Sovann but his effort tipped over the bar by the goalkeeper.

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In the second half, Singapore was awarded a freekick taken by Ikhsan Fandi Ahmad. His effort bounced off the wall into the path of Zulqarnaen Suzliman, who was defended well by Cambodian’s defence. Long Phearath had chance to put Cambodia ahead but Jacob Mahler was able to out in a last ditch tackle to prevent the shot. Long Phearath had another excellent chance but denied by brilliant goalkeeping by Zharfan Rohaizad.

Singapore’s last chance was from long ball into Cambodia’s penalty box but was volleyed wide by substitute Aniq Iskandar.

Despite losing, Singapore still remains top of Group B on goal difference. Singapore will meet Timor Leste in the semi finals at the Track and Field Hassanal Bolkiah Sports Complex on 2 May.

The Bruneian