Cambodia’s coach Lee Tae Hoon was satisfied with the performance of the team in the defeat against Japan but would have been happier if his players had made better use of their counter-attacks.
The four-times Asian champions struggled as Cambodia defended resolutely and put pressure on a Japanese team lacking their usual flair and unable to convert from their trademark set-pieces. That included a missed penalty by captain Shinji Okazaki two minutes after the restart.
The South Korean coach said: “We defended quite well in the first half. We had a couple of good chances to score as well. I think Um Sereyroth had a particlularly outstanding game.”
“The ability of Japanese players and our players is very different. If we lost by many goals, our players would feel down.”
The loss means Cambodia remain in the bottom of group E with zero points after seven matches and they now turn the focus on 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifying playoffs.