Nay Pyi Daw, Myanmar — Malaysia defeated Laos 4-1 in men’s football SEA Games in 2013 at Zayyarthiri Stadium in Myanmar’s capital city of Nay Pyi Daw.
The Laos team had tied the match 1-1 against the Malaysian title holders just before the break when Souk Aphone Vongchiengkham’s header scored, and it appeared with the momentum swing that Laos might be headed toward another shocking result after surprising a heavily favoured Singapore team in their first match with a 1-1 draw.
But it was not to be, as Malaysia regrouped and came out in the second half with a dominating performance, pulling away with a 4-1 victory.
Malaysia’s Ahmad Hazwan Bakri had earlier given his team the 1-0 advantage in the seventh minute with a score.
After that, Malaysia began playing a more relaxed game, and Laos’ determination paid off in the 41st minute when Souk scored on a freekick from Khonesavanh Sihavong, reported aseanfootball.org.
With today’s win, Malaysia finds itself at the top of the Group A standings with two victories.
Malaysia’s next match was against second place Singapore on Sunday at 16:00 in Zayyarthiri Stadium.
With the loss, Laos is in fourth place in the five-team Group A standings, with its next match against Vietnam on Sunday at 18:45.
Followed, football SEA Games second match was between Singapore and Brunei.
Singapore is coming off a huge 1-0 victory over Vietnam three days ago, while Brunei’s last match was a hard-fought 0-2 loss to Malaysia.