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 football Thailand striker Chananan Pombubpha celebrates with the fans after clinching the gold medal with a 3-0 win over Myanmar. Photo: SINGSOC

Defending champions Thailand lived up to their billing as pre-match favourites when they overcame a gritty Myanmar 3-0 to clinch a second successive SEA Games football gold.

Even coming up against the only other unbeaten side in the competition, Choketawee Promrut’s men went into Monday’s final at the National Stadium as white-hot favourites – especially after a 5-0 demolition of Indonesia in the semi-finals.

Myanmar, however, had added motivation in the form of their 12th man; a rabid support that has been a feature of every match they have played.

With their fans roaring them on, the Burmese got off to a frantic start, pressing their opponents high up the pitch. Even so, it took the Thais just seven minutes to carve out their first real chance of the match.

Nurul Sriyankem’s pull back found Chananan Pombubpha in space, but the striker was denied by Kyaw Zin Phyo’s smart save.

What followed was a Thai assault on the Myanmar goal. But with every chance that fell their way, the Burmese backline – and their goalkeeper in particular – was there to slam the door shut.

“In the first half, Myanmar were compact, very good,” Choketawee said.

That is, until the 54th minute.

Ye Ko Oo could only half-clear a Thai corner, and Tanaboon Kesarat was on hand to slam the ball past a hapless Kyaw Zin Phyo.

The deadlock finally broken, Thailand continued to press forward with the excellent Chanathip Songkrasin their main creative threat.

And so it came as no surprise that it was the diminutive playmaker who won possession in the middle of the park and played Chananan through to double the Thai lead just 10 minutes later.

The result was put beyond doubt with 11 minutes left on the clock. This time, it was substitute Pinyo Inpinit who scuffed the ball home after latching on to captain Sarach Yooyen’s lofted pass.

Despite the loss, Myanmar coach Kyi Lwin was satisfied with the silver medal. “We appreciate our players – they have played very well in this tournament, the former international said.

Meanwhile, his counterpart was clearly in a jovial mood after the win.

Asked what beer he would down to celebrate his side’s success, Choketawee paused, before saying: “Orange juice.”

Vietnam takes bronze with 5-0 win

vietnam bronze Glorious moment for Vietnamese goal scorer Vo Hu Toan (25) Photo By Ong Tian Hua / SINGSOC

Vietnam football team added another bronze to their country’s medal tally, after winning 5-0 against Indonesia at the National Stadium on Monday, 15 June.Vietnam performed better in the 28th Southeast Asia Games (SEA GAMES), as compared to the past two seasons.  Vietnam did not even make it to the bronze medal match in the 2013 Games, and they lost to Myanmar in the 2011 Games.

Mac Hong Quan (17) scoring the first goal for Vietnam in the 14th minute through penalty kick for Indonesia’s player handball offence. Within the next 7 minutes, Vo Huy Toan (25) scored another goal for Vietnam. It was a glorious moment for the team, the goal scorer, smiling widely took out a small flag from his socks and flashed it to the camera. At the same time, the big Vietnam flag was raised from the spectators stand.

In the 41st minute, Vo Huy Toan scored his second goal and Nguyen Huu Dung (2) scored another goal just 5 minutes later during the extra time, securing Vietnam a lead of 4-0 at half time.

The last goal scored by Vietnam was from captain Que Ngoc Hai (15) in the 71st minute with a sharp shot to make it 5-0.

On the other hand, the last two matches was a straight disappointment for 2013 SEA Games football runners up, team Indonesia. In the 78th minute, Indonesia’s player Syaifulloh Muchlis Hadi Ning had the opportunity to score without any defenders in the way, however his shooting timing was off. The Indonesians’ right flank was also not well defended, giving the Vietnamese to score twice from the left.

When asked about the reason behind Indonesia being thrashed badly, coach Santoso Aji mentioned that it was difficult to improve the mentality of the players after their lost against Thailand two days ago, on top of the disappointment and uncertainty of their future after the SEA Games due to the FIFA ban. Moreover, the Indonesians only had 20 days of preparation prior to the games.

Lastly, Vietnam coach Toshiya Miura noted that the fans might not be satisfied that they did not make it to the finals, but he is still proud of his team’s performance.
Both teams finally concluded all the games after 3 weeks of playing.  The top goal scorers for Vietnam and Indonesia are Huy Toan with 5 goals and Evan Dimas Darmono with 4 goals respectively.

The authors of this article are volunteer content producers with Team Nila. For more content produced by Team Nila, please head to the 28th SEA Games Social Wall.

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