Group A: Cambodia, Myanmar score important wins
Manila: Cambodia surged to an impressive win over Timor-Leste while Myanmar struck late to defeat hosts Philippines in Group A of the 2019 SEA Games on Wednesday.
Cambodia defeated Timor-Leste 5-0 while Myanmar edged Philippines 2-1 as both teams moved to the top of the standings, with Cambodia ahead on goal difference.
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Cambodia 5-0 Timor-Leste
Cambodia, denied a win by a late Philippines equaliser in their opening match, were rampant from the first blow of the whistle against Timor-Leste at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila.
A mistake by Timor-Leste goalkeeper Aderito Fernandes in handling a back pass in the seventh minute saw Cambodia opening their account with Sin Kakada's free-kick taking a deflection and settling in the back of the net.
Cambodia, however, had to wait till the 70th minute for their second goal, when Reung Bunheing tapped in a cross from Keo Sokpheng.
Sokpheng, one of the two senior players in the Cambodia squad, then saw his effort denied but Sieng Chanthea pounced on the rebound to make it 3-0.
Chanthea then turned provider for Sokpheng, who added to the goal he had scored against Philippines and Bunheing completed the win in stoppage time.
Myanmar 2-1 Philippines
Win Naing Tun's late goal secured Myanmar a 2-1 win over hosts Philippines in an absorbing Group A encounter at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
Philippines, backed by their fans, were the quicker to settle but were undone by a swift Myanmar counter attack in the 16th minute, with Aung Kung Mann finishing the move.
Myanmar dictated play after that but were hit by Philippines counter attack just before the break, with Justin Baas slamming the ball home.
Both teams had their chances to score in the second half but it was Myanmar who finally found a way through in the 79th minute as Naing Tun finished a sweeping move to seal the three points for his team.
Myanmar will play Timor-Leste on Friday, while Philippines will face Malaysia.
In Group B action on Thursday, defending champions Thailand will aim to get their campaign back on track against Brunei Darussalam.
Indonesia, who defeated Thailand 2-0 in their opener, play Singapore while Vietnam face Laos.
Vietnam defeated Brunei Darussalam 6-0 in their opener while Laos drew 0-0 with Singapore.
Photos: Football Federation of Cambodia, Myanmar Football Federation