Indonesia's Muchlis Hadi (in red, No. 9) getting the first of his three goals in a 6-1 rout of Cambodia. Photo credit: David Chua/SINGSOC
“This is the real Indonesia,” Zein Al Haddad declared after the Garuda Muda put Cambodia to the sword, 6-1 at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Saturday. “This is what the fans can look forward to.”
If there was no masking the assistant coach’s delight with his side’s performance, it was for a good reason.
Needing a positive response following their opening 2-4 defeat by Myanmar, the Indonesians poured forward from the first whistle and took just 12 minutes to make their early domination count.
Denied by goalkeeper Um Serei Rath just a minute earlier, Muchlis Hadi made no mistake on this occasion, meeting Adam Alis Setyano’s low cross to flick home.
Ahmad Nufiandani doubled Indonesia’s lead with a close-range finish on 37 minutes, but Cambodia were handed a lifeline shortly after the break in the form of a penalty, which captain Prak Many Udom confidently fired home.
But this was to be Indonesia’s – and Muchlis’ – night.
The 18-year-old first restored his side’s two-goal cushion in the 67th minute, before completing his hat-trick with a header after Evan Dimas Darmono’s initial effort had come back off the post.
Cambodia’s misery was compounded in the final minutes, when substitute Wawan Pebriyanto and Evan both got on the scoresheet to round off the rout.
The players didn’t play well against Myanmar but today, they did,” Al Haddad said. “We are happy, because we now have a chance of reaching the semi-finals.”
Meanwhile, it is back to the drawing board for Cambodia and their coach Lee Tae Hoon, with a clash against hosts Singapore coming up on Monday.
“We lost by many goals today; this was my mistake,” the South Korean said. “But we’ll try our best in the next game.”
Tristan Do (in blue) contributed one assist and one goal to Thailand’s 5-0 victory against Brunei. Photo Credit: Gim Hong / SINGSOC
Meanwhile, at Bishan Stadium, Thailand continued their winning streak against Brunei with a score of 5 - 0.
It was an easy win for Thailand when they played against Brunei over at Bishan Stadium on Saturday, 6 June. The Thais won the match with a wide margin score of 5-0.
Chenrop Samphaodi scored two goals for Thailand in the first half at the 19th and 31st minute. More goals followed in the second half when Tristan Do’s free kick found Thitiphan Puangjan unmarked at the edge of the box in the 53rd minute. Tristan Do added the fourth goal with a pile driver shot outside the box in the 71st minute, and Nurul Sriyankem’s free kick left Brunei’s substitute goal keeper Abd Hafiz Adb Rahim stranded just before the final whistle during added time.
Supporters wearing creative clothes to boost the match atmosphere! Photo Credit: Gim Hong / SINGSOC
Thailand fans came in full force, occupying the whole of their designated seats. A large supportive crowd and a number of creatively dressed fans boosted the match atmosphere and the Thai players’ morale. At the end of the day, it was all worth the fans time and effort as they went home happily with a great score line.
Thailand have won all the games they played so far, leading at the top of Group B table. However Thailand’s coach, Choketawee Promrut, mentioned that they will treat their next game’s opponent, Vietnam like any other team, and they will continue to play their style of football and not be complacent.
On the other hand, Brunei Coach, Stephen Ng, explained that it was the individual mistakes that caused the goals to be conceded.
Brunei will play against Malaysia and Thailand against Vietnam on 8th and 10th June respectively.
Catch the next game at Bishan Stadium, featuring Timor Leste against Vietnam on Saturday, June 7!
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