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cambodia vs. macau

What more can be said about last week’s thrilling AFC Challenge Cup Group D qualifier at National Olympic Stadium? When two Asian soccer powerhouses like Cambodia (FIFA #186) and Macau (#193) clash, it’s bound to be an instant classic.

A little background. The AFC Challenge Cup is Asia’s premier football tournament for the national teams from random places like Bhutan, Guam, Kyrgyzstan and Brunei. Group D was Nepal, Cambodia and Macau, and happened to be playing in Phnom Penh. Favorites Nepal won the group over the weekend, beating Macau 3-2 and Cambodia 1-0 to set up the meaningless Cambodia-Macau match.

The home side included top players from Cambodian League teams like Hello United, Cambodia Army FC, Build Bright University and Military Police FC. Macau, a former Portuguese colony and now a special administrative region of China once lost 24-0 to Saudi Arabia. This was going to be an interesting match.

cambodia vs. macau

It wasn’t exactly a packed house.

cambodia vs. macau

cambodia vs. macau

Surprisingly, the two teams were evenly matched and the level of play was decent.

cambodia vs. macau

cambodia vs. macau

cambodia vs. macau

Striker Nuth Sinoun scored in the 30th minute to put Cambodia up 1-0.

cambodia vs. macau

cambodia vs. macau

The rest of the first half was a bit of a flopfest.

cambodia vs. macau

Lots of diving, dramatic injuries and miraculous recoveries.

cambodia vs. macau

cambodia vs. macau

Halftime snacks. Fried locusts & sugar cane juice.

cambodia vs. macau

cambodia vs. macau

cambodia vs. macau

cambodia vs. macau

Cambodia dominated the second half, but somehow Macau equalized in the 65th minute

cambodia vs. macau

cambodia vs. macau

Cambodia responded less than two minutes later with a goal from Chan Rithy.

cambodia vs. macau

Macau couldn’t respond, and Nuth Sinoun added an empty net goal in stoppage time to end things.

cambodia vs. macau

cambodia vs. macau

Defeat.

cambodia vs. macau

Victory.

cambodia vs. macau

Rest of the Cambodia vs. Macau set here.

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