Thailand crush Indonesia; Vietnam finish top at Games

Thailand finished their Group E campaign at the 2015 Asian Games in Incheon with a perfect record after claiming a dominant 6-0 win over Indonesia on Tuesday.

The War Elephants took the lead at the Incheon Football Stadium after seven minutes when Charyl Chappuis raced through down the right before unselfishly playing the ball back to Chananan Pombuppha, who made no mistake in slotting into the bottom corner.

Ten minutes later, it was 2-0 after Adisak Kraisorn received a cutback from Nurul Sriyankem and lashed an unstoppable first-time shot into the back of the net.

Despite their healthy advantage, the Thais showed no signs of taking their foot off the pedal and Chanathip Songkrasin was next to strike; reacting quickest after Kurnia Meiga Hermansyah had punched a cross clear to the edge of the box and sending a low volley past the floored custodian.

Chanathip then turned provider in the 75th minute when he found space inside the box and played a perfectly-weighted cross to the back post for Kroekrit Thaweekarn to sweep home, as Thailand effectively put the result beyond doubt.

Still, they continued to push forward relentlessly and added a fifth six minutes later after Pinyo Inpinit beat the offside trap and raced through before dispatching his shot into the bottom corner.

And in the 90th minute, the rout was completed as Adisak grabbed his second of the evening after making his way in behind the opposition defence and beating Meiga with another emphatic finish.

Thailand will now meet China in an enticing last-16 tie, while the Indonesians will face off against Group F winners Korea DPR.

In the group’s other clash, Timor-Leste’s tournament came to an end with no points to their names after they were defeated 3-2 by Maldives at the Ansan Wa~ Stadium.

Things were initially looking good for them when Diogo Rangel fired them in front from the spot in the 20th minute, only for Amdhan Ali to equalise for Maldives seven minutes later.

Timor-Leste edged ahead once more two minutes before the hour mark when Ricardo Sousa netted, only for their opponents to hit back again through a Moosa Yaamin strike in the 62nd minute.

11 minutes later, the Maldivians completed their comeback as Mohamed Irufaan struck the winner to hand them maximum points and inflict a third consecutive loss on O Sol Nascente.

Meanwhile, Vietnam also completed their group-stage campaign with an unblemished record after beating Kyrgyzstan 1-0 at the Ansan Wa~ Stadium to make it two wins in a row.

Following a goalless first half, the Vietnamese were handed the perfect opportunity to break the deadlock when they were awarded a penalty after Vu Minh Tuan’s right-wing cross had been handled by Azamat Baimatov inside the box.

And it was Minh Tuan who stepped up to the plate and clinically beat Valery Kashuba from 12 yards, which was ultimately enough for maximum points.

Next up for Vietnam in the Round of 16 are United Arab Emirates, who qualified after finishing behind Jordan as runners-up of Group G.

Tuesday’s 2014 Asian Games Results

Group B

Hong Kong 2-1 Bangladesh

Afghanistan 0-5 Uzbekistan

Group E

Maldives 3-2 Timor-Leste

Indonesia 0-6 Thailand

Group F

China 1-0 Pakistan

Group G

India 0-2 Jordan

Group H

Vietnam 1-0 Kyrgyzstan

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Thailand, Indonesia advance to Asian Games Round of 16

Thailand are through to the knockout round at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon after claiming a 3-0 win over Timor-Leste on Thursday evening.

The War Elephants took the lead at the Incheon Football Stadium in the 22nd minute when Pakorn Prempak was left in acres of space inside the box but unselfishly cut the ball back to Chanathip Songkrasin, who lashed a powerful volley into the bottom corner.

A minute before the hour mark, it was 2-0 and this time Chanathip turned provider after pouncing on a loose ball inside the area and squaring it to Kroekrit Thaweekarn, paving the way for the midfielder to drill an unstoppable effort past Ramos Maxanche.

And with 11 minutes remaining ,they went on to wrap up the three points after Pinyo Inpinit forced his way past the last defender to latch onto a neat flick by Chanathip, before advancing on goal and coolly finishing.

Although there is still one game remaining in the group stage, Thailand are now guaranteed a top-two finish in Group E along with fellow Southeast Asian side Indonesia, who booked their spot in the last 16 with an emphatic 4-0 victory over Maldives.

Ramdhani Lestaluhu got Merah Putih on their way after 12 minutes when he beat the offside trap to break free just outside the six-yard box and blasted the opener into the roof of the net.

The Indonesians then doubled their lead four minutes into the second half when Fandi Eko raced down the right and played a cross right at the feet of Ferdinand Sinaga, who eased inside a defender before firing past Mohamed Jazlaan.

The contest was effectively over eight minutes when Bayu Gatra Sanggiawan added a third for his side; exchanging a lovely one-two with Sinaga inside the area before sending a looping shot into the back of the net.

But just for good measure, Indonesia added a fourth eight minutes from time when Sinaga grabbed his second of the afternoon from the penalty spot, after Alfin Tuasalamony had been shoved over by Samdhooh Mohamed inside the box.

Although they were not in action on Thursday, Vietnam are also through to the knockout round after Kyrgyzstan’s 1-1 draw with Iran secured them a top-two spot in Group H.

Having beaten the Iranians 4-1 in their opening game, Vietnam are safely through to the last 16 and only need to avoid defeat against Kyrgyzstan on Monday to finish top.

Thursday’s 2014 Asian Games Results

Group B

Hong Kong 2-1 Afghanistan

Uzbekistan 3-0 Bangladesh

Group E

Maldives 0-4 Indonesia

Thailand 3-0 Timor-Leste

Group F

Pakistan 0-2 Korea DPR

Group G

Jordan 1-0 United Arab Emirates

Group H

Kyrgyzstan 1-1 Iran

Vietnam stun Iran at Games; Indonesia rout Timor Leste

Vietnam got off to a flying start at the 2015 Asian Games in Incheon after claiming a stunning 4-1 win over Iran at the Ansan Wa~ Stadium on Monday.

Although they entered the Group H match as huge underdogs, Vietnam edged ahead in the 24th minute when Mac Hong Quan cleverly broke free down the right before playing the ball to the back post for Vo Huy Toan to smash home.

Four minutes later, it was 2-0 when Hong Quan brilliantly skipped past Mohammadreza Khanzadeh twice before lashing his shot past Hojjat Segdhi.

Iran did pull one back six minutes after the hour mark through a Mohsen Mosalman penalty, which was awarded after Mehdi Sharifi had been hacked down by opposition keeper Tran Buu Ngoc just inside the area.

However, it took the Vietnamese just three minutes to restore their two-goal cushion as Tran Phi Son broke into the box after exchanging a neat one-two before rifling the ball into the back of the net.

The rout was then completed in the 82nd minute when Ngo Hoang Thinh lined up an indirect freekick and smashed the ball home from eight yards, after Segdhi had been penalised for catching a back-pass.

And to make matters worse for the Iranians, they finished the game with ten men following a red card to Khanzadeh, who was booked for clattering into Buu Ngoc before being shown a second yellow moments later for shoving over an opponent.

With only three teams in their group, Vietnam are almost certain to qualify for the knockout round and are in action again on September 22 when they take on Krygyzstan.

Over in Group E, Indonesia got off to a flyer as they claimed an emphatic 7-0 triumph over neighbours Timor Leste at the Goyang Stadium.

Ferdinand Sinaga opened the scoring after seven minutes when he was left with a simple tap-in, after Bayu Gatra Sanggiawan had hit the byline and cut the ball back to him.

Merah Putih then doubled their lead four minutes later when Syakir Sulaiman touched a cross into the path of Sinaga to leave him with another close-range finish.

The Persib Bandung forward then completed his hat-trick five minutes after the half-hour mark when he raced through after beating the offside trap, before firing away a left-footed shot that took a wicked deflection and looped over a hapless Ramos Maxanches.

Despite holding a comfortable lead, the Indonesians were in no mood to take their foot off the pedal and added a fourth in the 75th minute; Alfin Tuasalamony converting from 12 yards after his side had been awarded a penalty.

Novri Setiawan was next to get in on the act as he skipped past Maxanches after being played through by Fandi Eko’s lovely pass before slotting into the unguarded net six minutes later.

Sinaga was also not done yet and notched his fourth of the evening in the 83rd minute after skipping inside Paulo Cesar da Silva Martins and firing into the back of the net.

And the rout was completed five minutes before the end as Sinaga’s blistering drive could only be parried by Maxanches, leaving Fandi with the simple task of volleying home on the rebound.

Group E’s second game saw Thailand also kick off their campaign with a win after they defeated Maldives 2-0.

Following a goalless first half, the War Elephants broke the deadlock when Narubodin Weerawatnodom climbed highest inside the six-yard box to head home Kroekrit Thaweekarn’s corner.

Nonetheless, they were unable to seal the win until the 85th minute when their second goal arrived after Adisak Kraisorn met a right-wing delivery and clinically swept a first-time effort into the far corner.

Monday’s 2015 Asian Games Results

Group B

Bangladesh 1-0 Afghanistan

Uzbekistan 1-1 Hong Kong

Group E

Timor Leste 0-7 Indonesia

Thailand 2-0 Maldives

Group F

Korea DPR 3-0 China

Group G

United Arab Emirates 5-0 India

Group H

Iran 1-4 Vietnam

AFF champions Singapore to host Thailand, Malaysia

Reigning AFF Suzuki Cup champions Singapore have been handed a tough start to their title defence after being handed a difficult route to the semi-finals.

The group stage draw for Southeast Asia’s premier international tournament was made in Hanoi on Tuesday and the Lions will have plenty of work to do after being put in Group B alongside arch-rivals Malaysia, three-time champions Thailand and the winners of the qualifying round – widely expected to be Myanmar.

Singapore have long shared a fierce rivalry with Harimau Malaya, while it was the Thais who they beat 3-2 on aggregate two years ago as they claimed a record fourth crown.

And while these three teams will already provide plenty of spice, things could get even more interesting if Myanmar do finish top of qualification, given they are currently coached by Radojko Avramovic, who led the Singaporeans to three titles.

Over in Group A, hosts Vietnam will be looking to make amends for two years ago when they were eliminated in the group stage.

However, standing in their way are traditional powerhouses Indonesia and the rising force of Philippines, who have advanced to the last four in the past two editions.

Group A will be completed by the runners-up of the qualifying round, which includes Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Brunei and Timor Leste.

The action will kick off on November 22 with Philippines taking on the runners-up in qualification, before Vietnam play Indonesia.

The following day, Malaysia kick off proceedings in Group B against the winners of qualification, while Singapore and Thailand face off in a rematch of the 2012 final.

Arch-rivals Singapore and Malaysia play on the final match-day on November 29, while Vietnam will be out to avenge successive their costly defeat to the Azkals in 2012 a day earlier.

The first leg of the semi-finals will be held on December 6 and 7, followed by the return encounters on December 10 and 11, before the final will take place on December 17 and 20.

2014 AFF Suzuki Cup Fixtures

Group A

November 22: Philippines v Qualifying Runners-up, Vietnam v Indonesia

November 25: Philippines v Indonesia, Qualifying Runners-up v Vietnam

November 28: Indonesia v Qualifying Runners-up, Vietnam v Philippines

Group B

November 23: Malaysia v Qualifying Winners, Singapore v Thailand

November 26: Malaysia v Thailand, Qualifying Winners v Singapore

November 29: Thailand v Qualifying Winners, Singapore v Malaysia

Semi-finals: December 6 and 7 (First Leg), December 10 and 11 (Second Leg)

Final: December 17 (First Leg), December 20 (Second Leg)

ASEAN stars set to team up for Haiyan charity match

Some of Southeast Asian football’s biggest names have been included in the ASEAN All-Star team that will take on Indonesia in a charity match on May 11.

The match, which will raise funds for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, will take place at the 100,000-capacity Gelora Bung Karno, the home of the Merah Putih.

The team, which will be coached by ex-Malaysia boss K. Rajagobal, was announced on Wednesday and the biggest name present is that of Thailand striker Teerasil Dangda, who will leave Muangthong United for La Liga outfit Almeria in June.

The 25-year-old will be joined by fellow countrymen Datsakorn Thonglao and Niweat Siriwong, two of the War Elephants’ most-experienced campaigners who have won over 200 caps between them.

Reigning AFF Suzuki Cup champions will be represented by the trio of Warriors FC goalkeeper Hassan Sunny, Johor Darul Ta’zim midfielder Hariss Harun and Johor Darul Ta’zim II forward Shahril Ishak.

Three of Malaysia’s biggest names – Safiq Rahim, Aidil Zafuan and Mahalli Jasuli – will all be involved as well, which has meant Darul Ta’zim’s Malaysia Super League clash with LIONSXII has been postponed to May 20.

Philippines’ two representatives will be Aly Borromeo and Ian Araneta, who have both been stars for the Azkals long before their recent rise as a force in the region.

Legendary striker Le Cong Vinh leads the way for the Vietnamese contingent and will be joined by Ha Noi T&T starlet Nguyen Van Quyet and experienced defender Truong Dinh Luat, while Myanmar’s contribution will be Thein Than Win and Naing Lin Oo of Kanbawza and Ayeyawady Unite respectively.

Laos and Cambodia both have two representatives each as well; Soukthavy Soundala and Visay Phaphouvanin for the former and Hong Pheng and Chhin Chhoeun for the latter.

Finally, 22-year-old Azri Zahari will fly the flag for Brunei, while Timor Leste’s sole member in the side is defender Adelino Trindade.

Goalkeepers: Hassan Sunny (Warriors FC, Singapore), Soukthavy Soundala (Ezra, Laos)

Defenders: Azri Zahari (Majra United, Brunei), Hong Pheng (Phnom Penh Crown, Cambodia), Aidil Zafuan (Johor Darul Ta’zim, Malaysia), Mahalli Jasuli (Johor Darul Ta’zim, Malaysia), Thein Than Win (Kanbawza, Myanmar), Aly Borromeo (Kaya, Philippines), Niweat Siriwong (Chonburi, Thailand), Adelino Trindade (Dili United, Timor Leste), Truong Dinh Luat (Becamex Binh Duong, Vietnam)

Midfielders: Chhin Chhoeun (National Defense Ministry, Cambodia), Safiq Rahim (Johor Darul Ta’zim, Malaysia), Naing Lin Oo (Ayeyawady United, Myanmar), Hariss Harun (Johor Darul Ta’zim, Singapore), Datsakorn Thonglao (Muangthong United, Thailand), Nguyen Van Quyet (Ha Noi T&T, Vietnam)

Forwards: Visay Phaphouvanin (Lao Police Club, Laos), Ian Araneta (Philippine Air Force, Philippines), Shahril Ishak (Johor Darul Ta’zim II, Singapore), Teerasil Dangda (Muangthong United, Thailand), Le Cong Vinh (Song Lam Nghe An, Vietnam)

Philippines, Myanmar to host 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup

The AFF Suzuki Cup will be held in Philippines and Myanmar for the first time after both countries were named hosts of the 2016 edition.

Since the tournament’s inception in 1996, only five countries – Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia – had had the opportunity to host Southeast Asia’s premier international tournament.

Although Philippines were said to be in the running to be one of the venues for the 2014 edition, the AFF ultimately plumped for Singapore and Vietnam.

However, the Azkals will only have to until a couple more years to enjoy home advantage at the Suzuki Cup for the first time after it was confirmed that they would be co-hosts in 2016.

It is almost certain that the 30,000 capacity Rizal Memorial Stadium will be one of the venues, although a second stadium has yet to be confirmed.

“All I can say is thank you for the trust that has been placed in the PFF [Philippine Football Federation],” PFF president Mariano Araneta said on the AFF’s official website.

“We will work hard to make sure that we deliver a successful event.”

Philippines hosted their first-ever Suzuki Cup game at the Rizal Memorial Stadium last December in the home leg of their semi-final clash against Singapore.

Meanwhile, Myanmar will also be relishing the chance of hosting the Suzuki Cup; with the announcement coming on the day of the conclusion of the 2013 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, which were mainly held in Naypyidaw.

The Zayarthiri Stadium in Naypyidaw and the Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon had been the venues used for the football tournament the the Games, and Zaw Zaw, president of the Myanmar Football Federation (MFF) is confident in their ability to deliver a similar success.

“It is indeed an honour for Myanmar,” he said.

“And with the new facilities that have been built, we are very confident that we can do a very good job.”

The AFF also confirmed that the qualifying tournament will take place in Cambodia.

Thailand, Myanmar draw to stay joint-top of Group B

Thailand and Myanmar stayed joint-top of Group B in the 2013 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games after both played out a 1-1 draw on Saturday.

It was the hosts who took the lead at the Thuwunna Stadium when Nay Lin Tun struck in the 33rd minute; rising highest in the opposition area and finding the net with a powerful header.

However, Thailand hit back two minutes after the break when Pravinwat Boonyong netted for the second match in a row, which ultimately proved enough to force the draw.

The result leaves the War Elephants top of the group ahead of Myanmar on goals scored as both have a goal difference of five.

In Saturday’s earlier kickoff, Indonesia’s hopes of making the semi-finals were dealt a real blow as they were held to a 0-0 draw by neighbours Timor Leste.

Group B action concludes on Monday and Myanmar only need to avoid a four-goal defeat to Merah Putih to progress, while Thailand can guarantee their spot in the last four with anything better than a draw against bottom side Cambodia.

Saturday’s 2013 SEA Games Group B Results

Timor Leste 0-0 Indonesia

Thailand 1-1 Myanmar