Young Azkals' big win vs Timor Leste not enough to enter SEA Games semis

Young Azkals' big win vs Timor Leste not enough to enter SEA Games semis

The U22 Azkals thank the crowd for watching their game against Timor Leste. Jan Dayrit
By Ivan Saldajeno

BINAN--The U22 Azkals got the blowout they needed against Timor Leste on Wednesday night, but it was still not enough for them to make the Southeast Asian Games semifinals.

The Young Azkals romped Timor Leste, 6-1, at the Binan Football Stadium here, but Cambodia sealed its place in the Final Four with a 3-1 win against Malaysia at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila.

Stephan Schrock scored on a quick attack in the third minute before Ceres Negros teammate Amani Aguinaldo buried a 42nd minute goal as the U22 Azkals entered halftime 2-0 up to the delight of the full house crowd, the first time the Binan Football Stadium reached maximum capacity.

Mar Diano followed suit with a 54th minute goal, and Dylan De Bruycker nailed the U22 Azkals' fourth goal in the 75th minute before Aguinaldo sealed his hat trick with goals in the 85th and 90th minutes.

Nathaniel Reis scored a consolation goal for Timor Leste off a free kick in the third minute of stoppage time, but that goal proved vital as the U22 Azkals lost to Cambodia in the race for second on goal difference. Cambodia finished the group stages with a plus-6 goal difference, while the U22 Azkals had a plus-5.

After a goalless first half, In Sodavid and Sieng Chanthea scored back-to-back goals in the 56th and 57th minutes to put Cambodia ahead. Keo Sokpheng then iced Cambodia's win with a 68th minute goal.

Quentin Cheng threatened a late Malaysia surge with an 89th minute strike, but Cambodia eventually survived.

Cambodia and top-seeded Myanmar will await the results of Matchday 5 of Group B to determine their semifinal opponents.

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