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Vietnam, Malaysia cruise into semi-finals


Kuala Lumpur: Vietnam and Malaysia powered into the 2018 AFF Cup semi-finals after scoring identical 3-0 wins over Cambodia and Myanmar in Group A matches on Saturday.

Malaysia leapfrogged Myanmar to finish second with nine points and will face the winners of Group B, while Vietnam took top spot with 10 points and will face the Group B runners-up in the last four which will be played over two legs.


Malaysia 3-0 Myanmar

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia showed their pedigree when they outclassed Myanmar 3-0 win in front of 80,000 fans at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

Myanmar, who just needed a point to advance into the knockout stage, fell behind in the 26th minute through Norsharul Idlan Talaha after the striker tapped home a rebound following a spectacular Mohamadou Sumareh volley which bounced off the crossbar.

In a tactical change, Myanmar head coach Antoine Hey brought in Phyo Wai Htet for Maung Maung Soe in the 35th minute but the White Angels fell further behind after Kyaw Soe Moe brought down Safawi Rashid in the box.

Zaquan Adha Radzak made no mistake from the spot in added time to give Malaysia a 2-0 cushion going into the break.

Malaysia continued their dominant display in the second half and almost scored their third in the 62nd minute but Norshahrul could not keep his shot on target.

Malaysia made it 3-0 in the 88th minute when the unfortunate Kyaw Soe Moe's clearance hit Zaquan in the face and sailed into the net.


Vietnam 3-0 Cambodia

Hanoi: Goals from Nguyen Tien Linh, Nguyen Quang Hai and Phan Van Duc gave Vietnam a comfortable 3-0 win over Cambodia at the Hang Day Stadium.

Vietnam, preparing for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, stamped their authority in the match as they controlled the pace of the game and took the lead through Nguyen Tien Linh's header in the 39th minute.

Cambodia, who were limited to counter attacks, found themselves further behind as the Golden Dragons scored a quick fire second two minutes later through Nguyen Quang Hai who tapped in after good link-up play.

Park Hang-seo's charges continued to overwhelm their opponents in the second half and came close to scoring on several occasions.

Phan Van Duc made it 3-0 in the 61st minute when he collected the ball, turned sharply at the top of the box and fire home past a hapless Um Vichet.

Vietnam and Malaysia's opponents will be known on Sunday with Thailand playing Singapore in Bangkok and Philippines facing Indonesia in Jakarta.

It promises to be thrilling encounters as Thailand, Philippines and Singapore can all advance to the semi-finals.

Photos: AFP