Vietnam beats Brunei 5-1 in SEA Games
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Vietnam trounced Brunei 5-1 Tuesday in the SEA Games men's soccer competition, dominating the match in Kuala Lumpur with roughly a dozen goal-scoring opportunities.
The Vietnamese launched their onslaught through speedy striker Thach Bao Khanh, who burst into the penalty box in the 10th minute and fired a low grounder past Brunei's goalkeeper Mohd Wardun Yusoff.
Brunei got their equalizer in the 25th minute, as midfielder Jasriman Johari eluded his marker and sent a lob over Vietnamese keeper Nguyen The Anh into the roof of the net.
Vietnam mounted attacks from both flanks and restored their lead one minute before the breather, when Nguyen Huu Thang floated a cross for To Duc Coung to head in at the far post.
The Vietnamese, who won the silver medal in the 1999 SEA Games, scored another three goals in the second half to seal their victory.
Vietnam coach Dido Silva said that he was unsatisfied with his team's overall performance even though his team won by a big margin.
Brunei coach Young Joon Choi said his players lacked the experience to hold onto their game plan even when they managed to level the score at 1-1.
In the women's category, Thailand thrashed the Philippines 4-0, while Myanmar beat Malaysia 5-1 in their opening SEA Games matches.
Thailand, champions in 1995 and 1997, took the lead in the 12th minute, when Nuengrutai Srathongvian slammed the ball past goalkeeper Gaa Rachelle.
Thai coach Chanvit Pholchivin said that his team played well but frequently lost the ball. He said that changes would be made for the next match against Malaysia.
Philippine coach Maro Marlon said that Thailand was superior to his team, which he claimed lacks international experience. He added, however, that the big defeat was unexpected.
Myanmar, who had beaten Malaysia 4-0 in a friendly match in Yangon recently, dominated their match from the start.
They started scoring 12 minutes into the game, when Mar Lar Win lobbed the ball into the net from just outside the penalty box.
Mar put her team two-up in the 32nd minute as Malaysian goalkeeper Nur Atiqa let the ball slip through her fingers, straight into the goal mouth.
Mar was the toast of her team when she scored again in the 56th minute - thanks to a slip by the Malaysian defense - for a hat trick.
Malaysia found the net in the 84th minute through Nor Aishah Ishak.
Myanmar's other goals were scored by Zin Mar Wann and Nu Nu Khaine Win.