Group A: Myanmar go top, Philippines beat Malaysia to revive hopes
Manila: Myanmar took a huge step towards the 2019 Sea Games men's football semi-finals while Philippines revived their hopes in Group A action on Friday.
Myanmar defeated Timor-Leste 3-1 to surge to the top of the standings on seven points while Philippines beat Malaysia 1-0 to move to third on four points.
Philippines badly needed the win, having lost 2-1 to Myanmar on Matchday Two while the loss was a big blow to Malaysia's hopes, having opened their campaign with a 1-1 draw with Myanmar.
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Timor-Leste 1-3 Myanmar
Timor-Leste, beaten 5-0 by Indonesia in their opening match, were under pressure from the start as Myanmar took the lead in the 10th minute through Aung Kaung Mann.
Myanmar restricted Timor-Leste to the occasional foray upfront and Htet Phyo Wai widened their lead in the 36th minute.
Timor-Leste, however, refused to give up and gave themselves hope when Ximines Mesquita pulled one back five minutes from the break.
PHILIPPINES 2019 30th SEA GAMES (FOOTBALL) ........................................................................................ FULL TIME Timor Leste (1-3) MyanmarPosted by Myanmar Football Federation on Friday, 29 November 2019
Myanmar, however, started the second half on the front foot and Hlaing Bo Bo ended Timor-Leste's resistance with his effort in the 54th minute.
Myanmar will play Cambodia on Monday while Timor-Leste will go up against Malaysia.
Philippines 1-0 Malaysia
Captain Stephan Schrock was the hero as Philippines defeated Malaysia 1-0 to revive their Sea Games hopes at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
Schrock, one of the two overaged players in the U-23 Philippines squad, scored with an inswinging corner in the 74th minute.
Malaysia goalkeeper Haziq Nadzli had intially fisted the ball, only for it to rebound off teammate Danial Amier and settle in the net but the match officials adjudged that Schrock's corner had already crossed the line.
While the result revives the hopes of the host nation, Malaysia - with only a point to show from two matches - are in dire straits and winning their remaining matches against Timor-Leste and Cambodia may not be enough for Ong Kim Swee's side.
Photo: Myanmar Football Federation
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