An end to end 2018 AFC Cup play-off qualifier yesterday evening saw the champions of Cambodia and Laos share the spoils in a six-goal spectacle at the National Olympic Stadium.
Ending in a 3-3 result, Boeung Ket surrendered a two-goal lead to give the visiting Laos hope for the second leg. Keo Kosal, appointed coach of the defending C-League champions last week to fulfil AFC/FIFA regulations, selected a three-pronged attack led by powerful African striker Julius Oiboh, flanked by Cambodian veteran Khuon Laboravvy and Brazilian hotshot Maycon Calijuri.
A goal from Maycon gave the hosts the lead only five minutes into the game, but they were soon pegged back by Laos’ Japanese veteran striker Kazuo Homma, who beat Boeung Ket keeper Kim Makara to level the tie in the 29th minute.
After the sides went into the break level, it was Maycon again who struck seven minutes into the second period to restore the Boeung Ket lead, before Laboravy also hit the target on the hour with a textbook finish.
However, the comfortable two-goal cushion was reduced by Lao Toyota’s roving defensive midfielder Frederic Pooda, who slammed home his team’s second from outside the box.
With four minutes of normal time remaining, Kazuo grabbed his second, striking a bullet header past Boeung Ket substitute keeper Sou Yaty for the equalising goal.
Boeung Ket will now make the journey over the northern border for Friday’s return leg which will be played at Vientiane’s KM16 Stadium.