Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - U23s off to a dream start at SEA Games as Laotian hearts broken 4-1



U23s off to a dream start at SEA Games as Laotian hearts broken 4-1

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Cambodia’s Im Somoun tries to control the ball in front of the Laos goalkeeper during their match in the ongoing SEA Games 31 in Vietnam. CAMSOC

U23s off to a dream start at SEA Games as Laotian hearts broken 4-1

The Cambodian men’s U23 national football team had a dream start to their campaign in group B of the ongoing 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) on May 9 after trouncing Laos U23 4-1 in front of a big crowd in Vietnam’s Nam Din province.

In front of 30,000 fans at Thien Truong Stadium, rising star Sieng Chanthea showed why he is in the hearts of Cambodian fans as his strike from the left flank went into the top of the net to help the Young Kouprey lead in just the 4th minute. Lao defender Anantaza Siphongphan scored an own goal after Visakha striker Sa Ty’s shot was deflected from the Lao goalkeeper before bouncing off him into the net as Ryu Hirose’s U23s finished the first half with a 2-0 lead.

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Cambodia's Sieng Chanthea (center) runs to the ball against a Lao player during their match in the ongoing SEA Games 31 in Vietnam. SEAGAMES2021

The start of the second half was a lively affair, as Laos looked deep within themselves and pushed for a comeback, but it was Cambodia who piled more misery on their neighbours after Ky Rina scored their third goal in the 64th minute. Laos managed to find the back of the net three minutes later, following a defensive blunder by Min Ratanak.

Im Somoun of Cambodia restored their lead with an easy tap-in from a neat cross by his teammate to complete the win for the Kingdom, but his team will regret the number of wasted chances they had in front of the goal mouth in the final 15 minutes.

Nevertheless, the result will boost Cambodia’s spirits and confidence levels ahead of their next matches, which are expected to be tough. They face Singapore on May 11 before meeting Thailand two days later. Their final match is against Malaysia on May 16.

Meanwhile, in the second match of day, the Thailand squad secured a comfortable 5-0 victory over Singapore in their second match of Group B to bag their first win after their shock 2-1 loss to Malaysia in their opening game.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hun Sen: Stop Russia sanctions

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said sanctions against Russia as a result of its military offensive in Ukraine should be stopped as they have produced no tangible results, and predicted that a global food crisis would ensue in 2023 as a consequence. Speaking to an audience at

  • Chinese tourists 2.0 – Coming anytime soon?

    Regional tourism is grappling with the absence of the prolific travellers and big spenders – the Chinese tourists. Cambodia, which has welcomed over two million Chinese tourists before Covid-19, is reeling from the economic loss despite being the first to fully open last November ‘To put

  • PM reflects on shoe throwing: Free speech or act of violence?

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on May 17 questioned whether a man who threw a shoe at him while he was in the US was exercising freedom of expression or if it was an act of hostility. Hun Sen was referring to an incident last week when

  • Siem Reap’s Angkor Botanical Garden opens

    The Angkor Botanical Garden was officially opened on May 19 with free entry for both local and international visitors for the first six weeks. The garden was established on a nearly 15ha plot of land in Siem Reap. “After the first six weeks, Angkor Botanical Garden

  • Pub Street on the cards for Battambang

    The Battambang Provincial Authority has announced that it is considering establishing a Pub Street in the area around the heritage buildings in Battambang town in a bid to attract more tourists. Battambang provincial governor Sok Lou told The Post that the establishment of a Pub

  • Hun Sen: Don’t react to hostility

    Prime Minister Hun Sen urged tolerance and thanked members of the Cambodian diaspora for not reacting to the hostility on display towards him by others while he was in the US to attend the May 12-13 ASEAN-US Special Summit in Washington, DC. In an audio