It was raining goals on Day 5 of the SEA Games football tournament as Malaysia and Indonesia were halted in their tracks by Vietnam and Myanmar respectively.
A total of 12 goals were scored across both matches, with Myanmar beating Indonesia 4-2 while Vietnam trounced Malaysia 5-1.
Myanmar 4 Indonesia 2
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Myanmar got off to a good start in their opening game in Group A by claiming a surprise 4-2 victory against Indonesia.
The deadlock was broken midway through the first half when forward Shine Thura fired home a fine first-time effort inside the area, after Kaung Sat Naing had caused chaos in the Indonesian defensive ranks.
Myanmar doubled their lead on 38 minutes when captain Nay Lin Tun’s freekick was parried by Indonesia keeper Natshir Fadhil into the path of Si Thu Aung, who nodded home the rebound.
However the Indonesians pulled one back just before half time as Abduh Lestaluhu received a raking through pass from Evan Dimas, before curling an audacious effort over the reach of Kyaw Zin Phyo from a tight angle.
Hopes of a comeback were then extinguished as Myanmar restored their two-goal advantage nine minutes after the restart.
Indonesian defender Hansamu Yama Pranata was caught in possession just outside his own penalty area by Thu Aung, who duly raced into the box before finishing neatly inside the bottom right corner for his second goal of the night.
They duly sealed the victory on 66 minutes as defender Kyaw Zin Lwin tapped home a first-time volley, after Hansamu had headed Lin Tun’s inswinging freekick right into his path.
The Indonesians did find a second goal four minutes later when substitute Ahmad Noviandini skinned his marker before slamming home from close range, but it was too little too late for them.
Vietnam 5 Malaysia 1
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Over in Group B, Vietnam walloped Malaysia 5-1 – courtesy of a masterful performance from Nguyen Cong Phuong.
The man dubbed the 'Vietnamese Messi' was on song the whole night as he contributed two goals and two assists.
He was first brought down by Malaysia centre-back Adam Nor Azlin inside the box, allowing fellow attacker Mac Hong Quan to slam the resulting spotkick down the middle on 14 minutes.
Nguyen then found himself on the score sheet on the stroke of half time, as he collected a fine through pass from Ho Ngoc Thang before firing home an unerring finish beyond Malaysia keeper Farhan Abu Bakar.
The 20-year-old continued influencing proceedings three minutes after the restart as he capitalised on a poor back pass from Adam Nor, before being brought down by the onrushing Farhan.
This time it was Vo Huy Toan took charge of the responsibilities from 12 yards as he coolly sent the Malaysian custodian the wrong way.
Nguyen wrapped up his spectacular show on 53 minutes by bending home a superb freekick from 25 yards out, beating Farhan all ends up.
Malaysia pulled one back on 78 minutes through half-time substitute Syahrul Azwari, who thumped home from close range after Vietnam keeper Phi Minh Long had parried M. Nurridzuan’s low cross straight into his path.
However it was the Vietnamese had the last laugh, as they added a fifth goal just a minute later through a substitute of their own.
Nguyen Van Toan broke free of the Malaysians’ offside trap to collect an intelligent clipped ball from midfielder Nguyen Huu Dung, before producing a deft flick which cleared Farhan before ending up in the back of the net.
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