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Kuala Lumpur: Thailand won, while Indonesia held a rampant Vietnam to ensure the semi-finalists from Group B of the Kuala Lumpur 2017 SEA Games men's football will only be decided on the final day of the preliminary round matches.

With Thailand having beaten Philippines 2-0 earlier on Tuesday, the pressure was on Vietnam and Indonesia to win but somehow, the exciting tie ended 0-0.

Vietnam would have rued the result more, as they failed to extend their dominance into goals and with Thailand up next for them, they could find themselves missing the knockout stage.  

Vietnam came into the match with a perfect record of three wins but in Indonesia, they were facing their first genuine challenge.

Indonesia had impressed in their 1-1 draw with Thailand on Matchday One before beating the Philippines and Timor Leste and a win would mean a semi-final berth would surely be theirs as they face Cambodia in their last match.

Vietnam, however, were quick to seize control of the match.

Their first look at goal came in the 12th minute but Phong Hong sent his effort from 25 yards out just wide.

Vietnam kept pressing but their next chance only came in the 27th minute when a cross by Van Toan fell invitingly in the Indonesia six-yard box but Ho Tuan Tai failed to connect cleanly.

Indonesia answered with a close effort of their own, with Septian David's long range shot requiring a strong hand from Vietnam goalkeeper Phi Minh Long to keep the score level.

Vietnam should have taken the lead in first half stoppage time but again, the chance went abegging as Vu Van Thanh's header from a cross lacked power, enabling Indonesia goalkeeper Satria Tama to tip the ball over.

Vietnam continued to dominate in the second half, with Indonesia defending desperately at times and a brilliant save by Tama in stoppage time, when he threw himself to deflect a shot from close range by Ho Tuan Tai against the crossbar, ensured his team a point. 


Thailand's 2-0 win over the Philippines heaped pressure on Vietnam and Indonesia but for the defending champions, the three points ensured their semi-final fate remains very much in their own hands. 

Against the Philippines, Thailand started well but they didn't totally dominate as the early exchanges were even.

In fact, the Philippines should have taken the lead in the 24th minute as Javier Augustine had a clear sight of goal but despite the Thailand goalkeeper being well beaten, the striker's shot hit the left upright before being cleared.

Thailand made their opponents pay for the miss shortly after as a switched off Philippines defence failed to deal with H. Sasalak's cross from the left in the 28th minute, which an unmarked Montree Promsawat nodded home.

Things got worse for the Philippines in first half stoppage time as Thailand widened their lead with the goal again the result of a cross - this time from Kevin Deerombam, which Sittichok Kannoo (No 19, pictured above) volleyed into the net.

With Thailand in a comfortable position and the Philippines looking deflated, the second half hardly saw any goalmouth action but for Worrawoot Srimaka's men, a 16th SEA Games gold medal remains a strong possibility.


In the group's final match of the day, Timor-Leste got their first three points with a 1-0 win over Cambodia with Gumario Augusto Fe (pictured above) scoring the winner in the 58th minute.

For Cambodia, it was their fourth consecutive defeat with the match against Indonesia on Thursday their last chance to make an impact. 


Group A

Results

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

August 21: Brunei 0-3 Laos, Malaysia 3-1 Myanmar

Standings

Team

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Myanmar

4

3

0

1

12

4

9

Malaysia

3

3

0

0

7

3

9

Singapore

3

1

0

2

3

4

3

Laos

3

1

0

2

4

5

3

Brunei

3

0

0

3

1

11

0

 

Fixtures

August 23: Laos v Malaysia, Singapore v Brunei


Group B

Results

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

August 22: Philippines 0-2 Thailand, Cambodia 0-1 Timor-Leste, Vietnam 0-0 Indonesia

Standings

Team

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Vietnam

4

3

1

0

12

1

10

Thailand 

4

3

1

0

7

1

10

Indonesia 

4 2 2 0 5 1

8

Timor-Leste 

4

1

0

3

1

6

3

Philippines

4

1

0

3

2

9

3

Cambodia

4

0

0

4

1

10

0

 

Fixtures

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


August 26: Semi-finals

August 29: Final

Photos: MASOC & AFP