Yangon, Myanmar — Thailand and Cambodia played to a 0-0 draw in men’s football action on Monday at the SEA Games at the Youth Training Center Stadium in Yangon.
With the draw, Thailand is assured of making it into the semi-finals, despite being held scoreless in their final Group B match by a last-place Cambodian team that had lost its previously three matches in the tournament.
The team from Cambodia put on their most impressive performance of the SEA Games today, with the hero being goalkeeper Sou Yaty, who was able to stop everything the first-place Thai team’s strikers threw his way.
The team from Thailand finished their Group B preliminary stage with two wins and two draws, with a total of eight points, and are currently at the top of the group.
Cambodia had nothing to lose today, and came out firing. They nearly struck a score in the game’s first ten minutes, but missed two excellent chances of taking the lead, according to reports.
In the seventh minute, Phourng Saksana’s shot was saved by the Thai keeper, and a minute later Cambodia’s Chhin Chhoeun’s shot just missed.
Five minutes after the break, Cambodia missed another open goal, with Phourng missing a shot with the keeper out of position.
Thailand’s best chances of scoring came in the 24th minute, when they blew the opportunity, and once in the second half when a Cambodian defensive mistake nearly gave the Thais the lead, but Chutipon Thongtae’s strike was pushed out by Sou Yaty.
The Thais tried to attack and get the lead in the final 15 minutes, but all their efforts were thwarted by the excellent defending of the Cambodian keeper.
The other team to advance to the semi-finals from Group B will be decided in tonight’s second match between Myanmar and Indonesia.
Myanmar currently has seven points to Indonesia’s four, so the Indonesians need a win to advance. A draw will send Myanmar to the semis.