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Hun Sen Cup semis set

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Keo Sokpheng’s Visakha triumphed 1-0 (5-2 aggregate) over Kirivong Sok Sen Chey. KT / Yeun Punlue

Visakha triumphed 1-0 (5-2 on aggregate) over Kirivong Sok Sen Chey to book their ticket to the semi-final stage of the Hun Sen Cup.

A single goal from Keo Sokpheng in the 67th minute on Wednesday was enough to see off the challenge of Kirivong and send them through to the final four.

Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng also booked their slot with a 4-0 win (6-0 on aggregate) over Angkor Tiger, while Boeung Ket narrowly went through thanks to a 2-0 (2-1 on aggregate) first leg victory. They were defeated 1-0 by Soltilo but the aggregate win saw them go through.

Elsewhere, Phnom Penh Crown also went through to the semi-finals after knocking out reigning champions Ministry of National Defense on penalty shootouts.

With Crown down 1-0 from the first leg, they fought back to win the second leg 2-1 (2-2 on aggregate) before sealing victory with a 5-4 penalty shootout win.

An ecstatic Crown coach Sum Vanna told ppcfc.com: “They are the team with similar qualities as us including their defense and counter attack, so the ways we prepared the game were just like what we did in the first leg away from home.

“We created many chances, but our finish was not sharp enough. This is what we need to work on. We conceded goal, which was our mistake as we allowed the opponent players to move with the ball. Reung Bunheing and Phuong Soksana are experienced players, so they could score one goal back.”

The cup, which debuted in 2007 and has since been played annually since, is the kingdom’s premier knockout competition. The inaugural trophy was won by the now defunct Khemara Keila. Meanwhile, the domestic Metfone C-League has now entered a break in play due to World Cup qualification internationals.

With five games left to play for each side, Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng have built up a sizeable lead at the top of the table well ahead of the chasing pack of Visakha and defending champs NagaWorld.

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