SEA Games Review: Cambodia off to a flyer, Timor Leste claim first win
Cambodia leapfrog hosts Singapore to second place in Group A after a dominant display, while Philippines stay rooted to the other end after two losses in two.
Timor Leste go up to third in Group B after claiming their first win after three matches, while Brunei suffered the ignominy of being the first team to be eliminated.
Cambodia 3 Philippines 1
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After dominating the early stages, Cambodia took the lead on the half-hour mark through captain Prak Mony Udom.
The highly-rated 21-year-old evaded an attempted clearance from Philippines defender Shirmar Felongco, before slamming an excellent close-range finish past keeper Florencio Badelic Jr. with the outside of his right foot.
Things were to get even better for Lee Tae-Hoon’s side as they duly doubled their lead on 41 minutes.
A flowing team move led to Keo Sokpheng poking the ball home from close range, after two Philippines players had failed to clear on the line.
Indonesia got a lifeline eight minutes after the restart when Paolo Salenga nipped just ahead of Badelic Jr. to poke home Kennedy Uzoka’s low cross from the right.
However there was no denying the Young Angkor Warriors the win on the night as they netted the crucial third goal nine minutes before the end.
Philippines centre-back Julian Clarino completely missed his attempted clearance on Prak’s crossfield pass, leading to Chan Vathanaka cheekily nutmegging Badelic Jr. in a one-on-one opportunity.
Timor Leste 2 Brunei 1
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Despite a decent start to the game, it was the Bruneians who fell behind on 24 minutes.
A superb through ball from Timor Leste defender Nidio Neto shredded their defence to pieces, before Brazilian-born forward Jairo Neto slotted coolly past the onrushing Md Ahsanuddin Hj Md Dani from close range.
The Tabuan Muda were to find an equaliser midway through the second half through captain Faiq Jefri Bolkiah’s calmly-taken penalty, after Timor Leste keeper Ramos Maxanches had brought Asnawi Syazni Aziz down inside the box.
However they were unable to hold out for the draw as Timor Leste retook the lead on 75 minutes.
Midfielder Paulo Helber benefited from some lax defending on Saiful Ammar Hj Adis' part, before unleashing a low drive from the edge of the box which went past Ahsanuddin and nestled into the bottom right corner for the winning goal.
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