SEA Games: Vietnam saunter to semifinal victory over Cambodia

By Nguyen My       DEC. 7, 2019

Vietnam were rarely troubled as they booked their place in the SEA Games final with a facile 4-0 win over Cambodia.

  • 90'+6
    End of the match

    Cambodia's inspirational fairy tale story has come to an end at Rizal Memorial tonight. Vietnam earn a deserving 4-0 victory, and a place in the final to meet group stage rival Indonesia.

  • 90'+5

    Van Toan tops his successful night with a save to Sokpheng's penalty.

  • 90'+4

    Thanh Thinh touches the ball inside the box. Penalty for Cambodia.

  • 88'

    Duc Chinh is booked after a foul.

  • 86'

    Cambodia's shots from outside the area never look like a challenge for Van Toan, who looks very comfortable in goal today.

  • 83'

    Duc Chinh is given a chance to increase his goal tally, but he shoots over the bar.

  • 79'

    Van Toan catches Sokpheng's freekick.

  • 76'

    Thai Quy makes a tackle near the box. Piseth is on the ground.

  • Vietnam-3860-1575725661.jpg

    Vietnam's flag in the stadium. Photo by Duc Dong.

  • 72'

    Cambodia have their first shot on target in the second half, but Van Toan makes a save.

Vietnam's coach Park Hang-seo said at a press conference on Friday that Vietnamese players have worn out after five group stage matches and they will have to rely much on their fighting spirit.

"It will be a difficult game for Vietnam as Cambodia had one less group stage match in group A and has had one extra day to rest," he said.

Eliminating arch rivals Thailand on Thursday, Vietnam entered the semifinals as top of group B, while Cambodia, second in group A, are in semifinals for the first time in SEA Games history.

Coach Felix Dalmas recognized Vietnam's strength but said he's confident in Cambodia.

"This will surely be Cambodia's biggest challenge in the tournament thus far, but we can overcome this. We need to prepare carefully and bring our best spirits and biggest ambitions into the game," Dalmas said.

"Vietnam are very strong, but they have imperfections. We believe in our chances."

go to top