SEA Games Review: Indonesia poised to reach semis, Laos claim second victory

Day 11 of the SEA Games football tournament saw Indonesia move back up into the crucial second spot in Group A after a 2-0 win against Philippines, while already-eliminated Laos picked up their second win in Group B by overcoming Timor Leste 3-2.

Given their superior goal difference, Indonesia need just a draw against Singapore on Thursday night to join Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand in the semi-finals. 

Indonesia 2 Philippines 0

FULL HIGHLIGHTS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMqgV-UHNjA

The victory was never in any doubt for the Garuda Muda as they raced into a two-goal lead inside the first 15 minutes.

The first goal came after just four minutes as Evan Dimas controlled a superb 40-yard pass by defender Vava Mario Yagalo with a deft touch, before striding into the box to curl a neat finish beyond the reach of Philippines keeper Florencio Badelic Jr.

The captain on the night then scored his and Indonesia’s second goal nine minutes later, coolly side-footing home from eight yards out after meeting Paulo Sitanggang’s cut-back.

With the two-goal cushion, Aji Santoso’s men duly took their feet off the pedals as the match went on, running out comfortable winners on the night.

Timor Leste 2 Laos 3

FULL HIGHLIGHTS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Scscp0r20pg

The win did not come easy for Laos as they came back from a goal down to defeat Timor Leste.

Fabio Magrao’s side took the lead on 22 minutes as Nilo Soares squared for forward Frangcyatma Alves to tap in from close range.

However, Laos levelled matters just five minutes later, as right-back Bounthavy Sipasong thumped home a thunderbolt from the edge of the box after being teed up by Soukaphone Vongchiengkham.

They duly roared into a 2-1 lead two minutes after the break, with midfielder Phoutthasay Khochalern sneaking in between two Timor Leste defenders to score from Maitee Maitee’s left-wing cross.

David Booth’s team completed the turnaround in the 67th minute as substitute Khonesavanh Sihavong exchanged passes with Keoviengpheth Lithideth inside the box, before curling home a grandstand finish into the top right corner.

Timor Leste pulled one back in stoppage time via promising 17-year-old Henrique Cruz, but it was not enough to prevent the Laotians from running out deserved winners in the end.

Image credit: Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee