Muangthong to face Cambodian All-Stars

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Cambodia’s Cherng Polroth (left) during their match against Muangthong United. KT / Yeun Punlue

Cambodia’s K-Cement All-Stars will welcome accomplished Thai Premier League team SCG Muangthong United to Phnom Penh next month as part of the Thai clubs ASEAN Tour 2019.

While an announcement on the squad is yet to be made, Phea Sopheaktra of Ministry of National Defence is rumoured to be taking on coaching duties.

In their last meeting in July 2017, Muangthong United got their revenge as they coasted to a 4-0 victory over the Cambodian All-Stars at Phnom Penh’s National Olympic stadium in an Asean Tour friendly exhibition match.

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A charitable aspect also forms part of Muangthong’s ASEAN tour commitments. The TPL club and the Football Federation of Cambodia have committed to donate proceeds from the match towards funding football schools in all 25 cities and provinces of the kingdom.

The highly anticipated match will kick off on February 9 at the National Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh.

The All-Stars were defeated by the TPL champions in their July 2017 meeting and the “War Heroes” made sure there was to be no repeat of their 2016 4-3 loss.

Muangthong’s Leandro Assumpcao opened the floodgates in the games 7th minute – the tall Brazilian advancing on the left hand side, played a superb one-two with compatriot Heberty Fernandes which left Cambodia’s Japanese defensive duo, Yuta Suzuki and Kazu Yanagidate scrambling at the back. Assumpcao then had little to do but collect the ball and direct the ball past All-Stars keeper Sou Yaty and into the far post.

A little over five minutes later, Assumpcao doubled the lead, beating Suzuki for pace on the left to cut inside and hammer home a second beyond Yaty. Muangthong were two goals up and coasting.

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Khuon Laboravy had Cambodia’s first real effort on goal a minute after the restart. The Boeung Ket forward jumped highest in the box to connect with Keo Sokpheng’s cross, only to see his bullet header well saved by keeper Prasit Padungchok.

Despite Cambodia threatening, a third came for the visitors in the 24th from the boot of Ratchapol Nawanno. After receiving the ball yards outside the box, the Thai midfielder slammed home a third into the roof of the net and much to the dismay of the deflated Yaty.

Despite the changes at half-time, Cambodia rarely threatened and the visitors went 4-0 up as Assumpcao completed his hat-trick in the 80th minute with thunderous long range effort.

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