The Philippine Under-23 Men’s National Team opened their SEA Games campaign with a convincing 4-0 win over Timor-Leste, Friday 06 May 2022 at Viet Tri Stadium in Phu Tho, Vietnam.
Christian Rontini, Dennis Chung, Jovin Bedic, and Oskari Kekkonen were all on target for Norman Fegidero’s side, which collected their first three points in Group A.
The Philippines started strong and never looked back from the get go, forcing Timor-Leste on their own half for most of the match.
Rontini opened the scoring in the 11th minute with free header inside the box from a Stephan Schrock cross from the left flank.
Bedic came close to doubling the advantage near the half-hour mark. The forward managed to beat the offside trap, but could only send his shot wide of the post.
Chung eventually slotted in the second goal in the 56th minute. Schrock was again involved in the passage of play with an inviting ball for the midfielder to chip it in over the goalkeeper.
Bedic made it 3-0 in the 78th minute. The forward was once again in a one-on-one situation, and was able to convert his chance inside the box.
Kekkonen wrapped the rout with thunderous effort in the 81st minute after he was set up by Oliver Bias.
The Philippines will face defending SEA Games winners Vietnam on Sunday 08 May 2022 at the same venue.