The Philippines stormed into the semi-finals of the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup on Tuesday with a 4-0 battering of Indonesia at the My Dien Stadium in Hanoi. A 16th-minute penalty by Phil Younghusband was the only goal separating the sides at half time.
In the second session, Manuel Ott unleashed a thunderbolt to put them two up before Indonesia’s keeper handled a back pass in the area to give rise to an indirect free kick, which was quickly taken and converted by Martin Steuble.
Rob Gier then poked home off his own rebounded shot off the post to seal the rout for the Azkals, who have been led by former USA captain Thomas Dooley since February.
The Philippines will face hosts Vietnam in their remaining Group A game tomorrow to decide who finishes top. 2008 winners Vietnam beat Laos 3-0 later on Tuesday, with a beautifully worked first-half goal by Vu Minh Tuan added to late on by finishes from Le Cong Vinh and Nguyen Huy Hung.
Indonesia have an outside chance of qualifying for the knockout stage, but only if Vietnam lose and they make up a seven-goal difference in their fixture against Laos, who are already eliminated, at Hanoi’s Hang Day Stadium.