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Svay Rieng regain top spot after Naga stumble

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Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng regained top spot in the C-League with a defeat of Visakha. KT / Yeun Punlue

On an emotional evening in Svay Rieng, Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng regained top spot in the Metfone C-League with a 5-3 defeat of Visakha.

With NagaWorld suffering a 2-0 loss to Boeung Ket at Old Stadium, the result on Sunday lifted coach Conor Nestor’s PKR two points ahead of Naga in second.

PKR went into the half-time break a goal up thanks to strikes from Souey Visal and Privat Mbarga, although the visitors were kept within touching distance through a 38th minute goal from Eliel da Cruz Guardiano.

A breathless second period saw Visakha take an unlikely lead after goals from Pak Song-chol and a second for Da Cruz.

However, American defender Jonny Campbell restored parity for the hosts before Korean substitute Gisung Yeon came on to strike a quickfire double and claim all three points for the provincial side.

The match was played on the back of news that PKR defender Saret Krya’s brother was killed Saturday after a fatal road collision.

Yeon reacted to the win on social media and also dedicated the win to Krya’s brother; “The process. What a night. Football is full of drama or miracle[s], reads the post. “Returned from injury after five weeks, came on the pitch as a sub on 75 minutes, and scored two. We managed to secure massive victory against a tough team. Really proud of all of my teammates and coaching staffs, management. Your sacrifice and commitment was incredibly impressive, very proud to be part of in this group.”

“Thank you for trust me and gave me opportunity. Also thank you to our fans, you guys made fantastic atmosphere last night and support was amazing you are the biggest motivation for us to continue to work hard. Please come to stadium and keep [supporting] us. This victory for you my brother Saret [Krya].”

PKR fans also raised 350,000 riels for a fund for the Svay Rieng provincial orphanage on behalf of Krya’s brother.

Krya, hailing from Takhmao, Kandal province said: “In my heart I just want to help orphans and dedicate to my brother who passed away. Because he died at a very young age, he was only 19 years old.”

The C-League now enters a two-week hiatus as Cambodia entertain a Pakistan double-header for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar Qualifiers.

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