Cambodia looking forward to tough test in Asian Cup third round qualifier

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Speaking in a press conference after their famous victory on Tuesday evening, national football team head coach Lee Tae-hoon announced he was looking forward to the challenge poised by the third round of qualifiers.

Cambodia defeated a toothless side 2-0 in their 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification play-off second leg (4-2 aggregate) and must now wait for the start of the third round of qualifiers in March next year. 24 teams are set to compete for 12 remaining places at the prestigious 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

Boeung Ket defender Hong Pheng – a perennial danger from the set piece – blasted a header into the back of the net early on for the Angkor Warriors, before substitute Prak Mony Udom scored from the spot in the second half to ensure a remarkable win for Tae-hoon’s men in front of a raucous 60,000 in Phnom Penh’s National Olympic Stadium.

“We got a very important win today. My players need experience to play a high level team, so now we get the opportunity thanks to the win,” said Cambodia’s Korean coach Tae-hoon.

“Thanks go to my players who gave a good performance today. This game was very different to the game in Taipei because of the humidity perhaps.

“I predicted before the game that they would attack us, as they needed the away goal.”

“Our players still lack some basic skills; the reading of the game is something that needs to be worked on,” added Tae-hoon.