Phnom Penh Crown forward Paulo Victor snatched the match winner against Asia Euro United to lead his side to a first home win of the 2019 Metfone C-League season.
Delayed due to torrential downpour, play was difficult on the Smart RSN Stadium surface on Sunday evening and with a solitary win to their credit and playing on the back of a 5-1 humbling to table-topping Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng last weekend, Leonardo Vitorino’s Red Singha were in need of a win to restore confidence.
And with 6 minutes of the game remaining, Pov Ponvuthy smartly set up Victor to rifle in the match winner with his right boot. The Brazilian promptly celebrated by whipping off his jersey for which he was later booked but the three points will matter most to under-pressure coach Vitorino.
Pom Tola made his official debut for Crown and said he was pleased with the result.
“This is a good match because we got three points in home territory, he told ppcfc. “And I’m happy to make my debut for Crown.”
“The game was tough one because we know that any team that plays against Crown are always going to step their game up against us,” said the defender. “We [were] playing well until we changed some players [at half-time] and the change the tactics gave us the chance to win. However, our team needs to be strengthened further, so we have to work hard and get good training.”
The victory sees Crown claim only their second win of the season with five games played. Crown currently sit on ninth position in the standings while AEU – with an identical record albeit with better goal difference – settle for seventh.
Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng maintain their position at the top of the C-League pile with a 100 percent record. Defending champions NagaWorld sit in second with just one loss on their account. At the foot of the table Soltilo Angkor continue to find wins hard to come by as they sit rock bottom with two pints from five matches.