Brunei 1-3 Laos: Thim Xad overcomes a spirited Brunei side
A determined Laos side clinch a much needed win over the Wasps to move level on points with leaders Myanmar and Timor Leste
By Falah Abdullah
The Wasps started the game brightly with good build up moves that shackled the seemingly unprepared Laos defence.
Brunei broke the deadlock through a delightful freekick by experienced skipper Rosmin Kamis. Laos custodian, Sengphachan Bounthisanh, could only watch the ball fly into the top corner of his net as a small group of Brunei fans celebrated the goal jubilantly.
Stung by the early goal, Laos drew level almost immediately through defender Kovanh Namthavixay who expertly controlled a long pass in mid air before sending a looping shot over the hapless Wardun Yusuf.
Right before half time, Adi Said rose highest to meet a cross which had beaten Sengphachan Bounthisanh, but not his crossbar. Laos defence breathed a sigh of relief as the effort by the DPMM FC forward seemingly had a goal written all over it.
Laos started the second half brightly as pacey winger Khampeng Sayavuthi was sent through on goal but his drilled shot was denied by the woodwork. Skipper, Visay Phaphouvanin, was quick to pounce on the rebound but was denied by the woodwork.
Minutes later, Visay proved yet again to be a constant thorn in the Brunei defence as he was hacked down by Azwan Salleh in the penalty box. Sayavuthi stepped up confidently and converted the resulting penalty kick.
On 72 minutes, Azwan Ali Rahman’s equalizer was overruled by the linesman as he appeared to have been caught by the offside trap.
Any hopes that the Wasps harbored for the match were quashed soon after as Laos were awarded a controversial penalty kick as Souk Vongchienngkham went down under minimal contact by Afi Aminuddin. Kanlaya Syvomsang coolly slotted home the spot kick.
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