SEA Games Review: Vietnam seal semi-final spot, Myanmar nearly there

The flurry of goals continued on Day 9 of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games football tournament as new semi-finalists Vietnam thrashed Timor Leste 4-0 while Myanmar walloped Philippines 5-1. 

Vietnam joins Thailand in the semi-finals of the tournament after surging to four wins out of four, while Myanmar look poised to join them after collecting their third win in as many games.

Timor Leste 0 Vietnam 4


Vietnam opened the scoring after just 12 minutes through forward Tran Phi Son, who nodded home from captain Que Ngoc Hai’s right-wing cross.

Que was influential yet again as another superb cross five minutes after the restart picked out Mac Hong Quan, who headed home powerfully into the bottom right corner.

The 22-year-old capped off his wonderful night right before the hour mark with a cross-cum-shot that looped beyond the reach of Timor Leste keeper Ramos Maxanches and off the left-hand post into the net.

They rounded off the scoring for the night four minutes later as Vo Huy Toan reacted quickest to tap home after Le Thanh Binh’s fierce shot was parried.

Philippines 1 Myanmar 5


Philippines got off to a good start by scoring inside 17 minutes, as captain Shirmar Felongco went on a superb solo run before lashing home from outside the box.  

They were brought back down to earth just four minutes later though, as Myanmar skipper Nay Lin Tun’s 25-yard free-kick took a wicked deflection beyond goalkeeper Nathanael Villanueva.

Myanmar went into a 2-1 lead less than a minute after the restart, with forward Shine Thura collecting Lin Tun’s pass before firing past Villaneuva’s outstretched leg from point-blank range.

Things got even better for the Group A leaders on 62 minutes as Hlaing Bo Bo’s inswinging corner fell to Ye Win Aung who had the simplest of tasks steering in.  

The goals kept coming and it was 4-1 seven minutes later when Villaneuva made a complete hash of his attempted clearance on Ye Ko Oo’s long pass, leaving Si Thu Aung to slot into an empty net.

The junior White Angels wrapped up the victory a minute into stoppage time, as right-back Kyaw Zin Lwin lashed a thunderbolt into the top right corner after being teed up by substitute Kaung Sat Naing.

Photo: Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee/ Action Images via Reuters