| BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (March 4, 2007) – Thailand made a winning start to their defence of the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy when they overcame Singapore 2-0 in their first game of Group A at the Berakas Sports Complex tonight.
Following a first-half deadlock, Anawin Jujeen scored the opening goal in the 50th minute before Sakarin Chanyotha added the second goal of the evening three minutes to the end (pic).
In the other match of the group which was played at the Berakas Track and Field Sports Complex, Malaysia was held to a 1-1 draw by Vietnam.
After holding off Vietnam for long periods, Malaysia found the space for Ahmad Fakhri Saarani in the second half to give them the lead in the 57th minute.
But just when Malaysia thought that they had the full points in the bag, came a late strike from Dao Cong Luan deep in injury time for both teams to share the one point.
GROUP A: Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam
GROUP B: Brunei, Philippines, Myanmar and Cambodia
HASSANAL BOLKIAH TROPHY
March 3: MYANMAR 9 PHILIPPINES 1/BRUNEI 2 CAMBODIA 2
March 4: SINGAPORE 0 THAILAND 2/MALAYSIA 1 VIETNAM 1
March 5: Philippines vs Brunei/Cambodia vs Myanmar
March 6: Malaysia vs Thailand/Vietnam vs Singapore
March 7: Myanmar vs Brunei/Philippines v Cambodia
March 8: Singapore vs Malaysia/ Thailand vs Vietnam
March 10: Winner A vs Runners-up B/ Winner B vs Runners-up A
March 12: FINAL