Group A: Joy for Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia held
Manila: Vietnam kicked off their 2019 SEA Games Group B campaign with flying colours, while Philippines, Cambodia, Malaysia and Myanmar collected a point each from their Group A ties on Monday.
Host nation Philippines salvaged a 1-1 draw with Cambodia, courtesy of Dennis Chung's late goal, while Malaysia came from a goal down to salvage a point against Myanmar.
Vietnam, meanwhile, sent a warning of their gold medal intentions by beating Brunei Darussalam 6-0.
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PHILIPPINES 1-1 CAMBODIA
Philippines have never had a podium finish in the tournament, and are looking to do so on home ground as they set out strongly against Cambodia.
The visitors, however, proved that they are no pushovers and Keo Sokpheng struck in the 41st minute to give Cambodia the lead.
Cambodia couldn't find another breakthrough in the second half as the Philippines went in search of the equaliser.
As the match headed into added time, the Cambodian camp was ready to celebrate but Dennis Chung found the back of the net in the second minute of added time to ensure the Philippines earned a point for their work.
MALAYSIA 1-1 MYANMAR
Malaysia came into the tie as one of the tournament favourites but Myanmar, defeated 3-1 by their regional rivals in the 2017 SEA Games group stage, started aggressively.
Their early initiative paid off as Myanmar took the lead in the 13th minute through Soe Moe Kyaw.
Silver medallists in the previous edition, Malaysia equalised 11 minutes later through Hadi Fayyadh but neither side was able to find a second goal in the second half.
Myanmar will hope to record their first win when they play Philippines on Wednesday, before Malaysia take their turn against the host nation on Friday.
VIETNAM 6-0 BRUNEI DARUSSALAM
Vietnam, having missed out on the semi-finals in 2017, are determined to win the gold medal this time around and took the lead 10 minutes in through Ha Duc Chinh.
Duc Chinh widened Vietnam's lead in the 24th minute but steely defending from Brunei meant there were to be no further goals in the first half.
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Vietnam started the second half on the front foot and struck again through Duc Chinh, who completed his hat-trick in the 48th minute.
There was no stopping Vietnam as Viet Hung Trieu and Nguyen Thanh Chung etched their name on the scoresheet in the 59th and 66th minutes respectively.
Nguyen Trong Hung sealed the win seven minutes from time to give Vietnam an explosive start to their campaign.
Vietnam will next face Laos on Thursday, while Brunei must bounce back against defending champions Thailand.
Photos: Football Association of Malaysia, Football Federation of Cambodia
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