HANOI (Reuters) – Philippines booked their place in the semifinals of the AFF Suzuki Cup on Tuesday with a 4-0 win over a 10-man Indonesia at the My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi.
The Philippines followed up their 4-1 victory over Laos on Saturday to register their second straight win in Group A and secure a place in the last four of the eight-nation tournament.
The Azkals took the lead after just 15 minutes when striker Phil Younghusband converted from the penalty spot after Misagh Bahadoran was pulled down in the box.
Midfielder Manuel Ott made it 2-0 in the 52nd minute with a long-range shot before Martin Steuble added a third after Younghusband caught the Indonesian defence napping with a quickly taken free kick.
Substitute Rob Gier completed the rout in the 79th minute shortly after Indonesia’s Rizki Pora was shown a straight red card for taking down Younghusband as he was bearing down on goal.
In Singapore, Chaaryl Cappuis converted a penalty with two minutes remaining to give Thailand a 2-1 victory over host and defending champion Singapore on Sunday in their opening match of the Suzuki Cup.
The result at the National Stadium was the first time Singapore has lost an opening match of Southeast Asia’s premier soccer tournament in its last five editions.
Tournament favourite Thailand, which lost to Singapore in the final of the 2012 competition, opened the scoring in the sixth minute with a goal from Mongkol Thosakrai after a quickly taken throw-in caught the Singapore defenders unaware. Khairul Amri headed in an equaliser for Singapore in the 19th.
But with the game heading for a draw, Swiss-born Cappuis shot low past Hassan Sunny after the referee ruled that Safuwan Baharuddin had handled the ball off a cross.
“Singapore are a good team who have already been champions four times and we expected a difficult game,” Thailand coach Kiatisuk Senamuang said.
“We knew that it would not be easy and we tried to just get one point but we got lucky … right before the end of the match.”
The game was Singapore’s first competitive fixture at the stadium, which has been criticized for the quality of the pitch. The team had avoided training at the stadium to spare the grass ahead of the match.
In Sunday’s other Group B match, Malaysia drew 0-0 against Myanmar after being reduced to 10 men in the first half when Gary Steven Robbat received a second yellow card.
That match, played at the Jalan Besar stadium in another part of Singapore, was delayed for one hour due to lightning.
The two-legged final takes place on Dec 17 and Dec 20.