SEA Games Review: Thailand and Myanmar seal top spots

Day 12 of the SEA Games football tournament saw Thailand routing Vietnam 3-1, while Myanmar and Cambodia played out a thrilling 3-3 draw.

Both sets of results ensure Thailand and Myanmar finish top of their respective groups.

Vietnam 1 Thailand 3


Thailand took the lead midway through the first half when playmaker Pakorn Parmpak exchanged passes with Chananan Pombubpha before gliding into the box to finish low.

They doubled their lead right after the hour mark when Thitiphan Puangjan slammed home from the penalty spot after Pakorn was brought down by Vietnam defender Bui Tien Dung inside the area.

Pakorn was influential again 14 minutes later as right back Tristan Do collected his cutback in the box before unleashing a superb left-footed shot which left Vietnam keeper Pham Van Tien grasping at thin air.

Vietnam would pull one back on the stroke of full time via a thunderous volley by Le Thanh Binh, but there was no stopping the Thais from taking the three points.

Choketawee Promrut’s side will next take on Indonesia or Singapore in the semi-finals.

Myanmar 3 Cambodia 3


Cambodia drew first blood in the 26th minute of a thrilling encounter when Myanmar keeper Aung Wai Phyo flapped at Phyo Ko Ko Thein’s inswinging corner, allowing Keo Sokpheng to slam home from close range.

They doubled their advantage during injury time of the first half through Chan Vathanaka, who dusted himself off after being brought down by Wai Phyo to fire home the spot kick.

Myanmar pulled one back on 53 minutes via forward Thina Zaw, who was at the right place at the right time to stab home Zon Moe Aung’s cross, but that joy lasted just two minutes.

Sokpheng rose highest in the box to head home Vathanaka’s brilliant left-wing cross to restore the two-goal lead for the Cambodians.

However, Myanmar refused to buckle and duly scored two in the dying stages of the game to level things.

Kaung Sat Naing first collected Hlaing Bo Bo’s ball before netting with a sizzling finish on 89 minutes.

The scorer turned provider two minutes later as he drilled across goal for substitute Si Thu Aung to apply the finishing touch.

Both sides ended up sharing the spoils on the night, with Myanmar setting up a clash against Vietnam in the semi-finals.

Image credit: Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee