Naypyidaw, Myanmar — Malaysia beat Vietnam 2-1 in a crucial men’s football match at the SEA Games on Tuesday to send the Malaysians into the semifinals as the first-place squad in the Group A standings.
The final Group A standings had Malaysia with 10 points, and Singapore with 8. Vietnam finished the competition with 6 points.
In the semi-finals on Thursday December 19, Malaysia will play Group B runner-up Indonesia in the first match at 4pm. In the second match, Group B winner Thailand will take on Group A runner-up Singapore at 7:30pm also on Thursday December 19.
The Malaysia game with Vietnam, played at Zayyarthiri Stadium in the capital of Naypyidaw, was tied 0-0 at the half before Malaysia finally broke the tie in the 82nd minute, and then went up 2-0 in the 91st minute.
Vietnam scored their goal in the 94th minute.
Malaysia’s goals were scored by Saarvindran Devandrn and Ashri Chuchu, according to reports.
Vietnam’s goal was scored by Hoang Thien Le.
In the second match on Tuesday night, Laos takes on Brunei in a game where both teams have already been eliminated from advancing to the semi-finals.
The Group A standings at the moment, which are finalized except for the Laos vs Brunei match tonight, has Malaysia at the top with 10 points, Singapore with 8, Vietnam with 6, Laos with 1, and Brunei with 0.
The final Group B standings find Thailand at the top with 8 points, Indonesia with 7 points, Myanmar with 7, Timor-Leste with 4, and Cambodia with 1.
In the women’s semi-finals on Wednesday, the first match at 4pm has Group A winner Vietnam taking on Group B runner-up Malaysia.
In the second match at 7:30, Group B winner Thailand plays Group A second-place team Myanmar.
The final Group A women’s standings have Vietnam in first place with 6 points, Myanmar with 3 points, and the Philippines with 0.
The final Group B women’s standings saw Thailand take first place with 6 points, Malaysia in second place with 3 points, and Laos with 0 points.