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Cambodia: Phnom Penh In Pole Position

Written By vibykhmer on Monday, September 7, 2009 | 7:01 AM

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Sep 7, 2009

The loss suffered by Preah Khan Reach FC has given the edge to Phnom Penh Crown FC to finish the preliminary round of the Cambodia Premier League (CPL) 2009 at the top of the standings.

Going into round 17, the penultimate matchday, Preah Khan Reach FC conceded a 3-1 loss to Khemara Keila FC to stay on 36 points as against Phnom Penh Crown’s 38 points.

Phnom Penh have also played a match less.

Khemara took the lead in the 17th minute through Samuth Dalin before Loch Rathan added the second goal of the game two minutes after the restart.

And while Kao Diry did pull a goal back for Preah Khan Reach in the 63rd minute, Khemara drove in the final nail in the match with their third and final goal of the game off O. A. Olatunde in injury time.

With the win, Khemara have picked up 35 points from the full 18 matches they have played in the preliminary round of the CPL while Naga Corp FC are almost certain to finish fourth.

Naga Corp have amassed 30 points from 17 games.

Only the top four teams at the end of the preliminary round of the CPL will take part in the next round that will decide the champions.

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