Thai champs far too good for our All-Stars

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Striker Chern Polroth fires a rare header towards the Muangthong goal. KT/Yeun Punlue

Muangthong United of the Thai Premier League got their revenge as they coasted to a 4-0 victory over the Cambodian All-Stars at Phnom Penh’s National Olympic stadium last night in their Asean Tour exhibition match.

The All-Stars had defeated the TPL champions 4-3 last year and the “War Heroes” made sure there would be no repeat.

Leandro Assumpcao opened the floodgates in the 7th minute.

The tall Brazilian raced down the left wing, 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 and Assumpcao then had little to do but collect the ball and direct the ball past All-Stars keeper Sou Yaty.

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.

Khuon Laboravy had Cambodia’s first real effort on goal a minute later. 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.

Cambodian coach Leonardo Vitorino made seven substitutions but his players rarely threatened and went into the break with very little to show for their efforts.

Vitorino, perhaps as an act of mercy, hauled off hapless goalkeeper Yaty and tasked Um Sereirath with keeping the score respectable in the second half.

There was an early flash of promise two minutes after the restart from Phnom Penh Crown youngster Brak Thiva. The 18-year old winger beat a defender and forced a fine save from Padungchok but it was a rare sight of goal as the visitors continued to dominate.

Muangthong’s Nukoolkit Krutyai tested Sereirath moments later before Celio Santos blasted inches wide with his long range effort.

The irrepressible Assumpcao, a recent acquisition from Sisaket, completed the rout and his hat-trick in the 80th minute with a thunderous long-range effort which Sereirath could do nothing about.

• In Chonburi, Thailand, the Cambodian Under-15s fell to a 2-0 defeat to Brunei in their fourth group match at the AFF Under-15 Youth Championships.

They play their final group game tomorrow evening and need to win handsomely against the second-placed Malaysians if they are to progress to the semi-finals.

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