Pre-tournament favourites Vietnam and Thailand picked up identical 6-0 wins against minnows Brunei and Laos respectively on Friday to kick things off in Group B.
Goals galore on Friday at the Bishan Stadium with a total of 12 goals scored in 180 minutes of football.
Brunei 0 Vietnam 6
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In the earlier kick off, Vietnam put six goals past Brunei without reply.
Vietnam were touted as one of the favourites to win gold and it was not hard to see why.
Toshiya Mura’s side dominated proceedings right from the get-go, as Brunei spent most of the game inside their own half.
The deadlock was eventually broken on 25 minutes when striker Le Thanh Binh nipped just ahead of Brunei keeper Md Ahsanuddin Hj Md Dani to tap home Ho Ngoc Thang’s right-wing cross.
Vietnam's advantage was then doubled two minutes after the break when half-time substitute Nguyen Cong Phuong played in a superb freekick from the right side of the area for Tran Phi Son to head home.
They should have made it 3-0 three minutes after the hour mark when Brunei were penalised for a handball inside the box, but Nguyen’s cheeky Panenka penalty attempt came off the bar.
Despite the miss, they kept going and their efforts were rewarded four more times in the last 15 minutes.
First it was substitute Mac Hong Quan whose snapshot from just outside the box proved too hot for Ahsanuddin to handle, before Bui Tien Dung tapped home gleefully at the far post via another Ho right-wing cross.
Nguyen then made up for his penalty miss by tapping Mac’s slide-rule pass in off the post from close range, before captain and left-back Pham Manh Hung completed the rout by capitalising on a half-cleared corner to curl home an neat effort with his weaker right foot .
Laos 0 Thailand 6
FULL HIGHLIGHTS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4E6C3IUygmc
In the second match of the day, reigning champions Thailand similarly dished out six goals of their own against Laos – with four coming from striker Chananan Pompubpha.
The floodgates were opened after just 10 minutes with right-back Narubadin Weerawatnodom heading home left-back Peerapat Notechaiya’s inswinging corner.
Thing got even better for Choketawee Promrut’s side nine minutes later as they doubled their advantage through a flowing team move.
Playmaker Chanathip Songkrasin laid on a superb reverse through ball for winger Pinyo Inpinit, who in turn squared it across goal for Chananan to tap home his first goal of the evening.
It was three on 38 minutes as Peerapat’s cutback evaded everyone in the Laos box, except Nurul Sriyankem, who finished clinically inside the left-hand post.
The junior War Elephants did not rest on their laurels thereafter as they added a fourth just two minutes into the second half.
Once again it was Peerapat’s superb inswinging corner which led to Chananan flicking home his header inside the six-yard box.
The Muangthong United forward then completed his hat-trick on 62 minutes by hitting it straight down the middle from 12 yards out, after Nurul’s sizzling run was illegally stopped by Laos defender Thinnakone Vongsa.
He wrapped up his perfect night by concluding the Thais’ scoring 12 minutes later – leaping well to head home substitute Tristan Do’s inch-perfect cross.
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