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Futsal Cup down to final four in trophy competition

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A Blue Warriors’ player (left) challenges his Ov Mal FC opponent for the ball during their match at the 2021 Tiger Futsal Cup on May 22. SUPPLIED

Futsal Cup down to final four in trophy competition

The 2021 Tiger Futsal Cup has concluded the second stage of the competition and identified the four strong teams which will fight for the title. Officials from the Football Federation of Cambodia (FFC) considered the tournament a high quality – and very tough – competition.

After the second round matches between six strong teams wrapped up on May 29, Blue Warriors FC found themselves atop the table. Although they lost 5-0 to Ov Mal FC in their fourth match on May 22, a 3-1 win over Khmer Norkor FC on May 29 dragged the Warriors to the head of the cup standings, with four wins and one loss.

This means the Blue Warriors will automatically advance to the semi-finals, ahead of Tai Chi FT, who managed three wins, one draw and one loss – enough to place them second, and guarantee a place in the top four.

Ov Mal FC, who demolished Bees FC 23-4 on the final day, are in third place with three wins, one draw and one loss. The four-time champions will play fourth-placed Khmer Norkor on June 12 for a chance to take on Tai Chi in the semis. Young Gun FC and Bees FC have bowed out of the tournament.

FFC’s futsal manager Khul Phearom said on May 31: “During the second round of the Futsal Cup, each of the six strong teams played well and ultimately there wasn’t much between them. Every single player had to perform at his very best to be competitive.

“Through the competition, we have seen their skill levels growing and improving. Especially during the final matches on May 29, we saw a high standard of futsal. Some very attractive futsal was played in all three matches and all of the games were well attended by supporters. I believe that the standard of the sport in the Kingdom has improved massively, even on last season’s level,” he added.

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