BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter
After the 2017 SEA Games men's football competition rested on Saturday to give way to the opening ceremony, it continued on Sunday with action from Group B.
In the first match of the day, Indonesia recorded a 1-0 win over Timor-Leste at the Selayang Municipal Council Stadium. The only goal of the match was scored by Marinus Wanewar in the 22nd minute.
Timor-Leste vs Indonesia. Photo by Goal / Abi Yazid
The two matches later in the evening provided more excitement, at least in terms of goal count.
At Selayang, defending champions Thailand trounced Cambodia 3-0. Picha U-Tra opened the scoring following a goalkeeping error in the 35th minute, but they were made to wait until the 76th minute to extend their lead. Nattawut Sombatyotha put away a penalty after a foul in the 76th minute, then doubled his tally in the 87th minute. Thailand's Chaiyawat Buran and Cambodia's Sok Samnang were both sent off in the first half injury time for an altercation, and will each receive an automatic one-match suspension.
Thailand manager Watanya Wongopasi. Photo by Goal Thailand
At the same time, Vietnam hammered the Philippines 4-0 at the Shah Alam Stadium. Nguyễn Công Phượng opened the scoring in the 38th minute following a solo effort, before Vũ Văn Thanh, Nguyễn Văn Toàn and Hồ Tuấn Tài added one goal each, in the first half additional time, 50th and 89th minute.
Philippines vs Vetnam. Photo by Goal VN
The results mean the Vietnamese continue their supremacy at the top of the standings, but they have also have brought about an interesting situation in the second and third places.
Indonesia and Thailand are currently neck and neck with seven points, but they can be separated by neither goal difference nor goals scored. Both sides have +4 goal difference, and have scored five goals and conceded one. On top of this, when the two teams met in matchday one, the clash ended in a 1-1 draw. However, there are still two rounds to go in Group B.