|Lions (red) failed to capitalize the possession|
Several changes were made in this fixture with the notable absentees from the Lions' start list such as Shahril Ishak, Fazrul Nawaz, etc. making way for the returning of Hariss Harun (as skipper), Safuwan Baharudin from suspension alongside the introduction of Faris Ramli and Sahil Suhaimi in the starting eleven.
|Hariss Harun (left) was named as skipper at the start|
|Safuwan Baharudin (21) played in advancing position|
However, the domination of the game didn't result any early goal until the 16th minute when winger Faris Ramli sneaked in to claim the first blood in 16th minute.
The Republic would have doubled the lead minutes before the break but only to see Khairul Amri's effort palmed away by the Khmers' custodian from the spot.
While it was a lifeline for the visitors but not so for the home side to see the Lions XII striker stretchered out due to hamstring injury.
|Khairul Amri (front) pulled his hamstring after this penalty attempt|
The promising start after the interval, however, failed to shackle the floodgates many in the 9,417 wanted to see, despite the continuing possession enjoyed by the men in red throughout the evening.
Things were left in tender hooks when Cambodia reduced the deficit in the 66th minute through Sos Suhana from close range.
That tells the different of having a goal and a two-goal difference after that slip-up at the Lions' backline which motivated the Cambodians to press forward but failed to grab that elusive equalizer.
|Fazrul Nawaz (right) drifted back in wing after he scored|
"We have achieved ten points (after four matches) we targeted for and I see this as something positive." addressed the German coach in his media meet-up in which he also paid tribute to the players, backroom staff and the fans for tonight's win.
"While I understand there will be pressure from the media and the fans after this win, but that would be my job to take those pressure so as to allow the players to play their game and it will be extremely difficult to play our next two games against both Japan and Syria that we have to play much better than our past few games." he continued amid a sense of continuing scepticism felt in the press conference.