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Free scoring Vietnam into final four while Myanmar top Group A

Myanmar was ruthless in their 5-1 demolition of Philippines at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Sunday night. Photo credit: Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee/Action Images via Reuters

Vietnam and Myanmar scored a total of nine goals at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games with comfortable victories on Sunday night.

Vietnam made light work of the Timor-Leste in Group B with a 4-0 rout at Bishan Stadium while Kyi Lwin's Myanmar top Group A after a 5-1 win against Philippines at Jalan Besar Stadium.

Tran Phi Son opened the scoring for Toshiya Miura's Vietnamese when right-back Que Ngoc Hai swung a pinpoint cross for the striker to head past Ramos Saozinho Ribeiro.

Ngoc Hai provided his second assist of the game in the 50th minute to allow an unmarked Mac Hong Quan to score with a far post header.

The impressive right-back then got his name on the score sheet in the 56th minute before Vo Huy Toan rounded things up with a fourth goal for Vietnam five minutes later.

At a full-house Jalan Besar, Philippines took a shock lead in the 17th minute when captain Shirmar Felongco dribbled past a static Myanmar defence before rifling his shot past Kyaw Zin Phyo.

It took only four minutes for the White Angels to find the equaliser through a deflected free kick from Nay Lin Tun. He also found the back of the net in their 2-1 victory over hosts Singapore on Thursday.

Myanmar moved closer to sealing their spot in the final four with barely a minute played in the second half when Shine Thura broke free in the box and scorched the net with a stunning shot.

A third goal came courtesy of Hlaing Bo Bo's 62nd minute corner that was converted at the far post by Ye Win Aung.

Eight minutes later, a schoolboy error by Philippines goalkeeper Nathanael Villanueva gifted Sithu Ang his third goal of the tournament.

And as the diehard Myanmar fans began to celebrate in injury-time, Zin Lwin put the ball into the back of the net to seal a memorable 5-1 win for the White Angels.

Joining Vietnam in the semifinals in Group B are defending champions Thailand while Myanmar continue their stay at the top of Group A, with hosts Singapore, Indonesia and Cambodia still in with a chance of making the final four.


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