Cambodian hearts broken late on by semi final bound Myanmar
11 June, 2015
Zec Chua, Fabius Chen, Law Yong Wei and Ahsan Uddin Shan
Myanmar goalkeeper Aung Wai Phyo (in yellow) brings striker Chan Vathanaka down for the penalty that resulted in Cambodia's second goal in a 3-3 draw. Photo: Andrew Ho/SINGSOC
Their hopes of reaching the 28th SEA Games semi-finals already extinguished, Cambodia were denied victory on Wednesday evening as an under-strength Myanmar struck twice in the closing stages to snatch a 3-3 draw at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
“Our players lost concentration,” a disappointed Cambodia coach Lee Tae Hoon acknowledged. “We did well today, but we needed more experience.”
With top spot in Group A already secured, Myanmar counterpart Kyi Lwin elected to rest several first team regulars from the start, including Si Thu Aung, Hlaing Bo Bo, Kaung Sat Naing and skipper Nay Lin Tun.
“We wanted to rest some players today and give some of the fringe players some experience,” the former Myanmar international explained.
And a Cambodia side with just pride to play for took full advantage, with Keo Sokpheng firing them ahead on 27 minutes.
Chan Vathanaka made it 2-0 after two tries from the penalty spot in first-half stoppage time, with Aung Wai Phyo adjudged to have felled the striker in a scramble for the rebound from the initial, saved effort.
Myanmar pulled a goal back eight minutes after the restart through Thiha Zaw, but Sokpheng’s well-placed header just two minutes later appeared to have made the result safe.
That is, until Kaung Sat Naing and Si Thu Aung, both on as a second-half substitutes, scored in quick succession in the dying minutes to crash the Cambodian party.
Their unbeaten group stage campaign preserved, Kyi Lwin and his side can now turn their attention to Saturday’s semi-final clash with Group B runners-up Vietnam.
“We know how Vietnam play – they’re a good team,” said the 1993 silver medallist. “But we will try our best to reach the final.”
Thailand continues winning streak
Thailand's Do Tristan (R) in action with Vietnam's Nguyen Cong Phuong. Photo: SINGSOC
Vietnam had trouble settling into the match and it was Thailand that fought hard to win 3-1 eventually.
The atmosphere over at Bishan Stadium was intense and both sides of the stadium was fully seated. It was the clash between the leaders from the group B!
Thailand crushed Vietnam 3-1. Vietnam has many chances but it was Thailand who managed to break Vietnam weak defence. Vietnam played better in the second half.
Both side fans were seen dressed in uniquely crafted costumes. Tuan, a royal fan of team Vietnam for more than twenty years has specially designed a costume just specially for the 28th SEA GAMES 2015 to show support for his team.
Thailand continued their winning streak and currently tops Group B table. On the other hand, it was the first game that Vietnam lost, taking second position in the group. Both teams are advanced to the semi finals on Saturday 13 June, at National Stadium.
Vietnam coach Miura Toshiya give credit to Thailand for their great performance and wow to perform better in upcoming matches.
Thailand coach Promrut Chocetawee happy with his team overall team performance and hoping his team would continue good performance.
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