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AFF Suzuki Cup 2018: Talking points after first round of matches

With every team in the AFF Suzuki Cup having at least one game in their bag, story lines have now been written and they have a clear idea of how they should perform moving forward.

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So far, the competition has not been short of excitement as there have been goals in every match-up and a winner has always been awarded three points.

Here are five quick talking points after the first round of the competition.

5. GAP BETWEEN TEAMS SEEMS TO BE REDUCING

While juggernauts like Thailand and Vietnam still got the expected results through dominating wins, teams not widely considered as contenders have certainly made their presence felt in the AFF Suzuki Cup.

One example is in the Myanmar V Cambodia match where many considered Myanmar as heavy favourites. They would go on to eventually win 4-1 but Cambodia threatened early and took the lead for much of the contest after a goal by Chan Vathanaka in the 23rd minute.

They were able to hold on to the lead until the 60th until Myanmar levelled the score and eventually got the victory.

Similarly, Timor Leste challenged Indonesia in their clash as they were able to hold the hosts goalless in the first half. Furthermore, Rufino Walter Gama scored in the three minutes from the restart to put the minnows up. Fortunately for Indonesia, they were finally able to open the floodgates to score three and get the nervous victory.

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