Boeung Ket coach Keo Kosal said his team were no match for Philippines’’ club side Ceres Negros in their AFC Cup group F matchup.
“The effort from the team was there and we did better than the first leg, said coach Kosal.
In their first group meeting Ceres hit nine with no reply as they celebrated equalling a new AFC Cup record. That loss gave Boeung Ket the ignominy of going into the history books as the margin of victory equalled an AFC Cup record, first registered by Uzbekistan’s Nasaf Qarshi who beat India’s Dempo in a group stage tie in 2011.
Kosal added that Boeung Ket lagged behind Ceres, as the Philippines league champs good call on many good players from a large squad.
The Cambodian league champions were put to the sword by Spanish striker Bienvenido Marañón who scored a fine hat-trick en route to a 4-0 in Wednesday’ evenings AFC Cup group F matchup at the National Olympic Stadium.
Japanese midfielder Takumi Uesato came off the bench to score a fourth goal late in the game to drive a final nail into the coffin of the outclassed hosts.
Meanwhile, Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic said he was pleased with the win but acknowledged the playing surface may have limited his side to matching the number of goals from their first meeting.
“The weather was quite hot and the artificial pitch caused some problems for us, said the Serbian. “However, we played with confidence and we did well considering the circumstances.Ceres remain at the summit of group F on 13 points while Boeung Ket stay bottom on three points – eliminated from qualifying for the semi-finals.