Despite the injury of a player, Cambodia defeated Laos 4-1 in the men’s football Group B match at the 31st SEA Games in Hanoi yesterday.
The Cambodian football team scored their first goal three minutes into the game.
The Lao football team could only manage one goal in the second half, scored by Phouveing Phounsavath.
During the game, a Cambodian player and a Lao player collided by accident, injuring the Cambodian player.
In an act of true sportsmanship, Lao player At Viengkham provided first aid by allowing the injured Phat Sokha of the Cambodian team to bite his hand, preventing him from swallowing his tongue.
Sokha was taken to hospital after medics arrived.
Cambodian football fans thanked the Lao player on social media for the assistance.
On 11 May, Laos will face Malaysia, which took the gold medal in 2011.
Malaysia currently leads the 31st SEA Games with four gold medals, one silver medal, and one bronze medal, while Thailand has four gold medals.
Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Brunei, and Timor-Leste have all yet to win a medal at this year’s games.