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Kuala Lumpur: Thailand saved their best for last and Indonesia made no mistakes as both advanced into the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games men's football semi-finals from Group B on Thursday.

Defending champions Thailand, seeking a 16th SEA Games gold medal, put Vietnam to the sword as Worrawoot Srimaka's men walked tall after a 3-0 win at the Selayang Stadium while Indonesia defeated Cambodia 2-0 at the Shah Alam Stadium.

Indonesia's reward after an impressive group stage is a meeting with Group A winners Malaysia in Saturday's semi-finals while Thailand, who overcame a slow start to take their customary place in the knock-out stage, will face Myanmar in what are sure to be cracking matches. 

With all three Group B matches kicking off simultaneously - the Philippines beat Timor-Leste 2-1in their tie - Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia knew a win would assure them of a place in the semi-finals.

Thailand were the ones under pressure due to their indifferent form while Vietnam, so impressive in the earlier matches, must have fancied their chances of advancing into the semi-finals at the champions' expense.

It was not be though as Thailand struck deep in first-half stoppage time through S. Phitiwat, which meant the pressure on Vietnam would be immense in the second-half.

It got worse three minutes into the restart as Phicha Au-Tra hit Thailand's second and Vietnam were reeling. 

A missed penalty shortly after was punished by Chenrop Samphaodi scoring Thailand's third, which ensured not only top spot in Group B but a semi-final showdown with Myanmar.


Indonesia rejoicing after Ezra Walian scored the first goal of the match 

At the Shah Alam Stadium, Indonesia had to wait till the second-half before sealing their place with their goals coming after Cambodia's Pisa Choum had been sent off just before the half time whistle was blown.

Indonesia's first was scored by Ezra Harm in the 56th minute and Febri Hariyadi sealed victory with a screamer from 35 yards out in the 69th minute. 

The match ended on an unsavoury note as both teams were involved in pushing and shoving before officials restored calm and Indonesia can start planning for their showdown with Malaysia, who beat them 3-0 in the Asian U-23 Qualifiers in July.


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

August 23: Laos 1-2 Malaysia, Singapore 1-0 Brunei

Final Standings

Team

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Malaysia

4

4

0

0

10

4

12

Myanmar

4

3

0

1

12

9

9

Singapore

4

2

0

2

4

4

6

Laos

4

1

0

3

5

7

3

Brunei

4

0

0

4

1

12

0

 

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

August 24: Indonesia 2-0 Cambodia, Thailand 3-0 Vietnam, Timor-Leste 1-2 Philippines

Final Standings

Team

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Thailand 

5

4

1

0

10

1

13

Indonesia

5

3

2

0

7

1

11

Vietnam 

5 3 1 1 12 4

10

Philippines 

5

2

0

3

4

10

6

Timor-Leste

5

1

0

4

2

8

3

Cambodia

5

0

0

5

1

12

0

 

Fixtures

August 26 - Semi-finals: Thailand v Myanmar, Malaysia v Indonesia 

August 29: Final

Photo: MASOC