SEA Games Review: Thumping wins for Thailand and Indonesia

Day 8 of the SEA Games football tournament saw Thailand and Indonesia chalking up big score lines against Brunei and Cambodia respectively. 

Thailand are the first team to confirm their passage to the semi-finals after thrashing Brunei 5-0, while Indonesia recovered from their opening defeat to Myanmar in fine style by walloping Cambodia 6-1.

Thailand 5 Brunei 0


Despite resting most of their regular starting XI, there was no stopping the Thai express from steamrolling their opponents.

The floodgates were opened on 19 minutes when Chenrop Samphaodi collected Thitiphan Puangjan’s through ball before finishing underneath the body of Brunei keeper Md Ahsanuddin Hj Md Dani.

Chenrop doubled their lead 12 minutes later after sneaking into the box to head home a pinpoint cross from Chaowat Veerachart for his second goal of the night.

Thitiphan then got himself on the scoresheet eight minutes after the break by curling home a neat finish inside the left-hand post, after being teed up by Chaowat.

Right-back Tristan Do joined in the party in the 70th minute when he pounced on a half-cleared ball before slamming a powerful 20-yarder beyond the despairing dive of Ahsanuddin and into Brunei’s net.

The victory was completed deep inside injury time when substitute Nurul Sriyankem curled a brilliant free-kick over the defensive wall and past a rooted Abdul Hafiz Abdul Rahim, who deputised for Ahsanuddin late on.

Indonesia 6 Cambodia 1


Indonesia were keen to prove their doubters wrong as they went for the jugular right from the get-go.

Forward Muchlis Hadi Ning Syaifulloh flicked home Adam Alis Setyano’s low cross from close range on 12 minutes in a sign of things to come.

They duly doubled their advantage after 37 minutes when a brilliant ball from Paulo Sitanggang spilt the Cambodian defence open, allowing Ahmad Noviandani to clip a neat finish beyond keeper Um Sereyroth.

Cambodia pulled one back on 56 minutes when captain Prak Mony Udom slammed home a penalty awarded after Syaiful Cahya was penalised for a high boot on Ngoy Srin.

Any hopes of a comeback were extinguished 12 minutes later, however, when Muchlis snuck between two Cambodian defenders to collect Novianani’s flick-on before coolly slotting home from slightly outside the six-yard box.

Muchlis then completed his hat-trick on 74 minutes by reacting fastest to nod home Evan Dimas 30-yard effort which had crashed back off the left post.

The goals kept coming as substitute Wawan Febrianto played a slick one-two with Muchlis through a static Cambodian defence before slotting inside Sereyoth’s near post on 85 minutes.

Dimas then rounded off the scoring for the night right at the death by getting on the end of a Febrianto cut-back and tapping into an empty goal.

The result means Indonesia leapfrog Cambodia and Singapore to move into the crucial second spot in Group A.

Photo: David Chua/Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee