Courtesy: Phnom Penh PostThailand, Malaysia blast through to futsal semis
by Dan RileyMonday, 23 April 2012
Hosts Thailand and Malaysia secured their places in the semifinals of the 2012 AFF Futsal Championship in Bangkok yesterday, thanks to comfortable wins over East Timor and Myanmar respectively.
Seven-time winners and tournament favourites Thailand obliterated their opponents 19-1 to take their goal count to 67 from their three wins from three matches, ensuring a top-two finish in Group B and a place in the knockout rounds.
Malaysia, who were runners-up in the most recent edition in 2010, beat Myanmar 5-0 to also guarantee an advance from Group A off the back of three victories.
Cambodia were beaten 4-1 by Vietnam late yesterday, to end their chance of progression.
In their second match played on Friday, Cambodia had battled hard to keep up with Myanmar but ultimately succumbed to a 7-6 loss.
I Sothearith’s hat-trick was matched by a triple from Myanmar’s Tin Win Ko Ko including the last-minute decider.
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