SEA Games Review: Thailand pip Myanmar to Gold, Vietnam rout Indonesia to clinch Bronze
This is the 15th time that Thailand have clinched gold, while Vietnam have to be content with a podium finish after they trounced Indonesia to bounce back from their unexpected semi-final defeat.
Myanmar 0 Thailand 3
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After a first half which ended goalless, hopes of clinching their first Gold medal in 42 years rose for the Burmese.
However, three goals after the break saw the Thais pipping them to a dream finish.
The deadlock was broken on 54 minutes via centre-back Tanaboon Kesarat, who thumped home from close range after Nurul Sriyankem’s corner fell into his path after only being half-cleared by Myanmar.
Thailand’s lead was doubled 10 minutes later when forward Chananan Pombubpha finished clinically after being sent through by Chanathip Songkrasin’s defence-splitting pass.
The rout was complete 12 minutes from time as substitute Pinyo Inpinit latched onto a superb Sarach Yooyen ball before netting past a stranded Kyaw Zin Phyo in Myanmar’s goal.
Vietnam 5 Indonesia 0
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After the disappointment of their loss to Myanmar which ended their hopes of reaching the final, Vietnam ensured they won’t be leaving this tournament empty-handed by beating Indonesia convincingly for the Bronze medal.
Mac Hong Quan coolly slotted home a penalty on 13 minutes to set his side on the way to victory, after Indonesia defender Agung Prasetyo handled Vo Huy Toan’s shot inside the box.
They duly made it two eight minutes later when Huy Toan raced onto Nguyen Cong Phuong’s superb through-ball before curling home.
There was no stopping the Vietnamese juggernaut as they added another two goals before the break.
Huy Toan first fired a sizzling 25-yard effort beyond Indonesia keeper Teguh Amiruddin for his second goal, then Nguyen Huu Dung stabbed home from close range after being found by another sublime pass from the influential Cong Phuong.
Toshiya Miura’s side sealed the emphatic victory on 71 minutes as captain Que Ngoc Hai appeared in the right place at the right time to head home from a corner.
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