Cambodia edged closer to securing the only spot in the AFF Suzuki Cup Finals thanks to a smashing start which saw them snatch a two-goal lead in the first ten minutes of their qualifying tie against Brunei at the National Olympic Stadium
Although Brunei did well to pull themselves together after the two quick strikes, they never quite recovered and eventually went down 3-0 to Cambodia.
“The conditions before the game was that I indent on the players the importance of this game. So I told them that we need to created high pressure games,” said Cambodian head coach Lee Tae hoon.
“The players followed my order but in the second half, the players lost concentration. I was worried about injuries so I changed some of the players after the break.”
Brunei still have a mathematical chance of advancing despite going down today. Laos too, which defeated Timor Leste 2-1 in an earlier game today, can also advance. But for either Brunei or Laos to move on, they need to beat each other in their last qualifying match and then hope for Cambodia to crash to Timor Leste, which is highly unlikely looking at the hosts’ current form.
Even then, Laos and Brunei will only draw level at six points with Cambodia and will need to score enough goals to advance on a superior goal difference.