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Kuala Lumpur: Vietnam took a step closer to the semi-finals while Indonesia and Thailand ensured they remain on course in Kuala Lumpur 2017 SEA Games men's football Group B action on Sunday.

Vietnam were the most impressive of the three though as they maintained their 100 percent record with a 4-0 win over the Philippines at the Shah Alam Stadium.

The three points were sealed in the first half itself as Vietnam took a 2-0 lead into the break.

The Philippines, however, did well to keep the marauding Vietnam players at bay for most of the first half but were helpess to stop Nguyen Cong Phuong from scoring the opener in the 37th minute. 

It was Cong Phuong's fourth goal of the tournament and he is surely one of the stars of men's football in the SEA Games.

The second was scored by Vu Van Thanh in first half stoppage time to ensure Vietnam went into the break on a high.

There was to be no respite for the Philippines though as four minutes into the second half, Vietnam scored again - this time through Nguyen Van Toan.

Ho Tuan Tai completed a highly satisfactory night with the fourth in the final minute of regulation time.

Up next for the highly impressive Vietnam are Indonesia and a win on Tuesday will seal coach Nguyen Huu Thang's side a place in the semi-finals.  

Thailand, struggling with a slow start in their defence of the title and bid to win a 16th gold medal, avoided a slip-up as they beat Cambodia 3-0 to ensure they keep in sight of the semi-finals.

Not at their best in the 1-1 draw with Indonesia and 1-0 win over Timor-Leste last week, Thailand had a more energetic look about them against Cambodia at the Selayang Stadium.

In a first half which Thailand just shaded, Phicha Au-Tra gave them the lead in the 35th minute.

There was, however, an unsavoury end to the first half as both teams were reduced to 10 men when Chaiyawat Buran of Thailand and Sok Samnang were sent off in stoppage time for a kicking incident.

It took Thailand a while before the second was scored and it was thanks to coach Worrawoot Srimaka's decision to send on Nattawut Sombatyotha as he converted a penalty in the 76th minute.

Sombatyotha then completed a nice Thailand passing move for the third in the 87th minute, a crucial goal as it took his team level on goal difference with Indonesia.

Indonesia kept a strong grip on their semi-final hopes after beating Timor-Leste 1-0 in Group B's afternoon tie at the Selayang Stadium.

Indonesia, who impressed in their 1-1 draw with reigning champions Thailand and 3-0 win over the Philippines in their earlier matches, fully deserved the three points against Timor-Leste as they dominated from start to finish.

To their credit, Timor Leste - who proved a hard nut to crack before eventually falling 1-0 to Thailand - held their own in the opening minutes but as the first half progressed, they had to defend desperately.

Backed by several thousand fans, Indonesia started confidently and took the lead in the 22nd minute when Marinus Mariyanto headed home a perfect cross from Septian David, who has impressed in every match so far.

Timor-Leste nearly had the perfect answer in the 28th minute when a counter-attack saw Danilson Conceicoa's goal-bound shot blocked by Indonesia goalkeeper Kartika Ajie.

The second half was more of the same with Indonesia dominating but Luis Milla's men were guilty of being wasteful, with Osvaldo Haay's headed miss from close range in the 62nd minute among the most glaring.

As Indonesia struggled to find the crucial second, Timor-Leste's confidence grew and they began to have more possession as they went in search of the equaliser.

Indonesia, however, had the chance to put the game to bed in the 82nd minute but Saddil Ramdani's scorching effort from just over 20 yards was superbly saved by Timor-Leste goalkeeper Fagio Agusta.

The match ended on a sour note when a free-for-all broke out in stoppage time, with referee Nagor Amir Mohamed sending off Pilipe Oliveira of Timor-Leste for striking an Indonesian player.

Group A 


August 14: Myanmar 2-0 Singapore, Malaysia 2-1 Brunei

August 16: Singapore 1-2 Malaysia, Myanmar 3-1 Laos

August 18: Laos 0-2 Singapore, Brunei 0-6 Myanmar


Team P W D L F A Pts
Myanmar  3 3 0 0 11 1 9
Malaysia  2 2 0 0 4 2 6
Singapore  3 1 0 2 3 4 3
Laos 2 0 0 2 1 5 0
Brunei 2 0 0 2 1 8 0



August 21: Brunei v Laos, Malaysia v Myanmar

August 23: Laos v Malaysia, Singapore v Brunei

Group B 


August 15: Indonesia 1-1 Thailand, Vietnam 4-0 Timor-Leste, Cambodia 0-2 Philippines

August 17: Vietnam 4-1 Cambodia, Indonesia 3-0 Philippines, Thailand 1-0 Timor-Leste

August 20: Timor-Leste 0-1 Indonesia, Philippines 0-4 Vietnam, Thailand 3-0 Cambodia


Team P W D L F A Pts
Vietnam  3 3 0 0 12 1 9
Indonesia 3 2 1 0 5 1 7
Thailand  3 2 1 0 5 1 7
Philippines  3 1 0 2 2 7 3
Timor-Leste  3 0 0 3 0 6 0
Cambodia 3 0 0 3 1 9 0


August 22: Cambodia v Timor-Leste, Philippines v Thailand, Vietnam v Indonesia

August 24: Indonesia v Cambodia, Thailand v Vietnam, Timor-Leste v Philippines

August 26: Semi-finals

August 29: Final

Photos: MASOC