November 25, 2019
The Philippines salvaged a 1-1 draw against Cambodia as late substitute Dennis Chung scored in injury time in a Group A match Monday night at the Rizal Memorial track-football stadium at the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG).
Chung's 93rd minute goal gave Filipinos something to cheer about after the country came under heavy fire from foreign teams for the hosting of the Southeast Asian Games, which it last staged in 2005.
In the other Group A match, Malaysia drew Myanmar, 1-1, at Rizal Memorial. Vietnam crushed Brunei, 6-0 in a Group B fixture in Binan.
Some teams complained they were kept waiting at the airport last week as their transport was delayed. After arriving at their hotels, they had to wait until rooms were vacated.
A press conference was held on Sunday for the men's team and another one Monday in Binan for the women's teams where they complained about not having the right kind of food.
One of the coaches who spoke was Let Dimzon of the Philippine team, whose players are tipped to enter the semifinals.
The Philippines, utilizing a rule that allowed them to use two players above 23 years old, found it tough to assert themselves against the smaller, quicker Cambodians.
Keo Sopkpheng scored at close range on the 41st minute, a minute after Bunheing hit the post, to send Cambodia ahead, 1-0.
The Philippines could not finish their attacking chances in the second half until Chung came in for Dylan de Bruycker on the 87th minute. DMS
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