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El Nasa rockets Cambodia into next stage of AFC Cup

SamEl Nasa’s dramatic extra-time winner in Macau on Wednesday night
secured Cambodia a place in Group C of the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup
qualifiers, ending with a 5-4 aggregate score over the former
Portuguese colony.
Sam El Nasa scored the 107th-minute winner to lift Cambodia past Macau. Photo by: Sreng Meng Srun
Things had looked promising for the Kingdom
as they extended their 3-1 lead from the first leg with a strike by
Khim Borey in injury time of the first half.

Borey, who signed
with Thai Premier League club Sisaket FC last month, was then replaced
by veteran Preah Khan Reach forward Sam El Nasa on the hour mark.

Moments
later, the hosts began a 13-minute spell that saw them claw right back
into the tie. Midfielder Wong Vernon started the fightback before
substitute Leong Ka Hang pegged another back in the 73rd minute.

And
just two minutes more saw things leveled with Vinicio de Jesus Morais
Alves also coming off the Macau bench to score, sending the home fans
wild and the visitors into shellshock.

However, Cambodia
remained resolute to the end and the experience of Sam El Nasa shone
through as he helped avoid an imminent penalty shootout by netting in
the 107th minute to send them through.

Cambodia, ranked 166th
in FIFA World rankings, will now face Group C hosts the Maldives
(160th), as well as 2006 inaugural champions Tajikistan (141st) and
Kyrgyzstan (175th) in games played from March 20-31. The top two teams
from the round robin tournament will qualify for the finals to be
played next year.

Phnom Penh Post
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