DPMM FC lose to Cambodian champions Svay Rieng 5-1

Fadhil Yunus

DPMM FC ended their pre-season tour of Cambodia with a 5-1 defeat to PKR Svay Rieng at the EDC Stadium in Phnom Penh yesterday.

Andrei Varankou converted from the penalty spot for the Gegar Gegar men following a handball by Svay Rieng defender Tieng Tiny but a brace from Befolo Mbarga as well as efforts from Phallin and Tola handed the Cambodian champions a handsome victory.

The hosts showed real threat as Cameroon forward Befolo Mbarga turned past his marker before seeing his shot saved through the legs of DPMM FC’s foreign triallist Emerson Jose.

The Brunei-based outfit were awarded a penalty after Tieng handled Azwan Ali’s cross as Varankou sent Svay Rieng Aim Sovannarath the wrong way.

However, the lead only lasted three minutes as Mbarga escaped the Brunei defence and coolly slotted the ball home past the goalkeeper.

The DPMM FC starting line-up during the match against PKR Svay Rieng. PHOTO: DPMM FC

DPMM FC midfielder Hendra Azam then let fly a decent effort but Sovannarath parried the ball away and fortunately the rebound did not fall to a Brunei player.

In the other end, Mbarga set up Soun Sovan but the latter’s shot did not trouble the DPMM FC’s goalkeeper.

The duo of Mbarga and Brazilian Pedro Augusto proved a handful as they combined in a swift move with the latter releasing a cheeky no-look pass for Cambodia international Prak Mony Udom.

The forward’s close range effort was denied by the goalkeeper but the lively Mbarga managed to squeeze his shot home for his second goal of the game.

Mbarga then turned provider after using the outside of his foot to swing in a cross before Hoy Phallin made sufficient contact to divert the ball away from the goalkeeper’s reach.

The Cambodians grabbed a fifth after forward Nub Tola poked his shot home from close range in the 66th minute.

DPMM FC young star Hakeme Yazid bin Said tested the Svay Rieng goalkeeper with a fierce drive from a set-piece in the 81st minute.

Four minutes later, the hosts threatened led by substitute Min Ratanak who accompanied his fine dribbling with a measured pass intended for Tola.

The Bruneian defence managed to halt the goal-scorer’s advances but the danger was kept alive as the ball fell invitingly to Phallin.

However, the forward could only direct his shot straight at Emerson, who assuredly gathered the ball into a safe pair of hands.

The Brunei-based outfit had started their pre-season tour with a 2-1 victory over Visakha FC, who finished as runners-up behind Svay Rieng last season.