Laos secure semi-final spot

Laos booked their place in the semi-finals of the AFC Solidarity Cup following a dominant 3-0 win over Mongolia on Wednesday.

Sitthideth Khanthavong and Khouanta Sivongthong scored in the first half for Laos while Xaisongkham Champathong put the cherry on top of a dominating performance in the second half.

The win puts Laos in second place in Group B on six points, while Mongolia finished in third on three points.

It was a nightmare start for the Blue Wolves, as goalkeeper Ariunbold Batsaikhan brought down Sangvone Phimmasen in the box, giving away a penalty in the seventh minute. Khanthavong calmly slotted the penalty to go 1-0 up.

Laos continued to control proceedings and eventually doubled their lead in the 21st minute. Sivongthong pounced on a corner Mongolia failed to clear adequately, driving a powerful shot from outside the box into the back of the net.

Such was Laos’ dominance that they would squander two more chances before the half, with Sivongthong narrowly missing a free kick and Khanthavong heading the ball over the crossbar on the stroke of half time.

A largely uneventful second half finally came to life in the 83rd minute, when Champathong put the result beyond doubt, heading Keoviengpheth Lithideth’s corner past a hapless Batsaikhan.

Laos will face Nepal in the semi-finals on 12 November.