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Indonesia kick off AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup campaign with win over Cambodia; Philippines beat Brunei

Indonesia kick off AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup campaign with win over Cambodia; Philippines beat Brunei

Indonesia's Witan Sulaeman celebrates after scoring his side's second goal in their 2022 AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup Group A match against Cambodia at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta on Dec 23, 2022. (Photo: SPORTFIVE/AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup)

Indonesia launched their 2022 ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Mitsubishi Electric Cup campaign with a 2-1 win over Cambodia in Jakarta on Friday (Dec 23) as the Philippines bounced back from an opening-day loss to secure a 5-1 victory over Brunei.

The Indonesians, who finished as runners-up in the last edition of the tournament but have never won the Southeast Asian title, sealed the win when Witan Sulaeman scored from close range 10 minutes before the end of the first half.

Egy Maulana had put Shin Tae-yong's side in front with seven minutes on the clock only for Saret Krya to level for the Cambodians eight minutes later.

The win moves Indonesia level on three points with defending champions Thailand in Group A alongside the Philippines and Cambodia, who have both played twice.

In Friday's other game, the Philippines eased to their first win in the competition against Brunei in Manila after their shock 3-2 loss to Cambodia.

Kenshiro Daniels scored for the second game in a row to give the Azkals a seventh-minute lead, and Sandro Reyes netted his first international goal five minutes later to double the Philippines' advantage.

Jesus Melliza hit his side's third five minutes after the interval and Sebastian Rasmussen added the fourth a minute later after a mistake by goalkeeper Haimi Nyaring.

Razimie Ramili pulled one back for Brunei with 20 minutes remaining, only for Rasmussen to restore his side's four-goal advantage two minutes from time with his second of the game.

The group phase of the tournament, which brings together 10 nations from across Southeast Asia, continues until Jan 3, with the top two teams in each group advancing to the last four.

The semi-finals will be played on a home-and-away basis on Jan 6 and Jan 9, with the final also to be played over two legs on Jan 13 and Jan 16.

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Source: Reuters/kg


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