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Jun 16, 2015

Japan and Iran held by minnows, Korea duo win

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Asian heavyweights Japan and Iran kicked-off their World Cup bids with surprise draws against Singapore and Turkmenistan on Tuesday as the region’s minnows continued to justify the decision for a qualifying revamp.

Singapore owed much to goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud after their goalless draw at the Saitama Stadium, while Turkmenistan’s Ruslan Mingazow scored just before halftime in Dashoguz as three-times Asian champions Iran were held 1-1.

Jun 16, 2015

Soccer-Japan and Iran held by minnows, Korea duo win

SINGAPORE, June 16 (Reuters) – Asian heavyweights Japan and Iran kicked-off their World Cup bids with surprise draws against Singapore and Turkmenistan on Tuesday as the region’s minnows continued to justify the decision for a qualifying revamp.

Singapore owed much to goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud after their goalless draw at the Saitama Stadium, while Turkmenistan’s Ruslan Mingazow scored just before halftime in Dashoguz as three-times Asian champions Iran were held 1-1.

Jun 15, 2015

Games-Dominant Thailand down Myanmar to take football gold

SINGAPORE, June 15 (Reuters) – Holders Thailand overcame a spirited Myanmar and their noisy fans 3-0 in the final of the Southeast Asian Games men’s soccer tournament on Monday to cement their position as kings of the region.

Centreback Tanaboon Kesarat, who helped the full national team win the Southeast Asian championships in December, struck the opening goal, neatly angling his body and diverting a 51st minute home after Myanmar failed to clear a corner.

Jun 15, 2015

Indonesian footballers limp empty handed into FIFA abyss

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Indonesia’s fatigued footballers slumped empty-handed into the blackhole of a FIFA ban on Monday after being thrashed 5-0 by Vietnam in their Southeast Asian Games bronze medal match.

Two days after they were outclassed 5-0 by Thailand in the semi-finals, Indonesia were again short of ideas and lacked drive as Vietnam took advantage of basic errors to race into a 4-0 halftime lead at a largely empty National Stadium.

Jun 15, 2015

Games-Indonesian footballers limp empty handed into FIFA abyss

SINGAPORE, June 15 (Reuters) – Indonesia’s fatigued footballers slumped empty-handed into the blackhole of a FIFA ban on Monday after being thrashed 5-0 by Vietnam in their Southeast Asian Games bronze medal match.

Two days after they were outclassed 5-0 by Thailand in the semi-finals, Indonesia were again short of ideas and lacked drive as Vietnam took advantage of basic errors to race into a 4-0 halftime lead at a largely empty National Stadium.

Jun 14, 2015

Games-Ex-F1 driver Alex leads Yoong family to water-ski medal haul

SINGAPORE, June 14 (Reuters) – As a Formula One driver Alex Yoong did all he could to avoid spinning in action but now in his burgeoning water-skiing career the Malaysian can’t do it enough.

Spins, jumps, tricks, the 38-year-old did them all as he and his young siblings, with a break from school, helped themselves to seven medals at the Southeast Asian Games in Singapore this week.

Jun 13, 2015

Myanmar footballers win through to gold medal match

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Myanmar’s Southeast Asian team might be one of the smallest in world football but what they lack in height they more than make up in energy and commitment.

Playing their fifth game in 12 days, they hung tough through long periods of pressure before beating Vietnam 2-1 at Singapore’s National Stadium on Saturday to move through to the gold medal match.

Jun 13, 2015

Games-Myanmar footballers win through to gold medal match

SINGAPORE, June 13 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s Southeast Asian team might be one of the smallest in world football but what they lack in height they more than make up in energy and commitment.

Playing their fifth game in 12 days, they hung tough through long periods of pressure before beating Vietnam 2-1 at Singapore’s National Stadium on Saturday to move through to the gold medal match.

Jun 12, 2015

Games-Indonesia hope football gold can end bitter row back home

SINGAPORE, June 12 (Reuters) – Indonesia are hopeful that a Southeast Asian gold medal in the men’s football tournament can bring together warring factions in the country and end the long running row that has resulted in a FIFA ban.

The under-23 side square off against gold medal favourites Thailand at Singapore’s National Stadium on Saturday in the semi-finals having knocked out the hosts in group play on Thursday night.

Jun 11, 2015

Banned Indonesia end Singapore’s football hopes

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Hosts Singapore limped out of the Southeast Asian Games football tournament on Thursday after slumping to a 1-0 loss to Indonesia, who completed the semi-final lineup.

Midfielder Evan Dimas scored the only goal in the 46th minute as the country banned by world governing body FIFA last month for government interference in their football association kept up their bid for a first soccer gold since 1991.