SEA Games: Malaysia suffer early men's football exit

By Seng Foo 4 December 2019 1066
SEA Games: Malaysia suffer early men's football exit
Malaysia failed to make it out of the men's football group stage at the 2019 SEA Games after losing 3-1 to Cambodia on Wednesday.

After collecting just four points from three games, Ong Kim Swee's boys needed a win at the Rizal Memorial Stadium to stand a chance of progressing to the knockout stage alongside Group A winners Myanmar.

However, the 2017 SEA Games silver medallists hardly threatened Cambodia's goal and could consider themselves lucky not to concede any before half-time.

Their luck eventually ran out as In Sodavid and Sieng Chanthea scored two quick-fire goals just before the hour mark.

Keo Sokpheng, who formerly played for PKNP in Malaysia, reminded the young Tigers what he was capable of as he scored Cambodia's third of the day.

Australian-born defender Quentin Cheng, who came on as a substitute, pulled one back for Malaysia in the 89th minute, which was already too late for the team to mount a comeback.
 
This was Malaysia's third time crashing out in the group stage since the tournament began to impose an age restriction in 2001.

Hosts Philippines were also knocked out of the tournament despite beating Timor-Leste 6-1 due to an inferior goal difference.

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