Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Thailand, Malaysia blast through to futsal semis

Thailand, Malaysia blast through to futsal semis

Thailand, Malaysia blast through to futsal semis

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.

To contact the reporter on this story: Dan Riley at [email protected]


  • Diplomatic passports issued to foreigners to be annulled

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation will move to annul diplomatic passports issued to those not born in Cambodia. Analysts say the move may be in relation to reports that former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra used a Cambodian passport to register as

  • The hairy little heroes saving many lives in rural Cambodia

    IN RURAL Siem Reap province, rats dare to tread where no person will, as these hairy little heroes place their lives on the line each day for the good of the local community. The rodents are the most important members of a special team, leading

  • Hun Sen warns Irish MP of EBA ‘mistake’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Saturday told former Irish premier Enda Kenny, still a member of the EU nation’s parliament, that the 28-nation bloc should not make a “third mistake” regarding Cambodia by using the preferential Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement to “take 16 million

  • PM warns EU and opposition on 34th anniversary of his rule

    HUN Sen reached the milestone of 34 years as Cambodian prime minister on Monday and used the groundbreaking ceremony for a new ring road around Phnom Penh to tell the international community that putting sanctions on the Kingdom meant killing the opposition. “Please don’t forget