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Race to the SEA Games Golden Boot: Who can challenge Osvaldo Haay as the best 'goal machine'?

Race to the SEA Games Golden Boot: Who can challenge Osvaldo Haay as the best 'goal machine'?

After the preliminary round, Indonesia U22 player Osvaldo Haay was the top scorer with seven goals. So far there are just two strikers of Vietnam U22 that can match his record.

Before the semi-finals, Osvaldo Haay scored seven times, 2 goals more than Thailand's Suphanat Mueanta and Vietnam's duo Nguyen Tien Linh and Ha Duc Chinh.

Besides that, six other players scored three goals, and three of them can go on raising their records. Compared to the 29th SEA Games, this competition witnessed more top-class strikers than two years ago.

At that time, the top scorers were Thanabalan Nadarajah, Aung Thu and Nguyen Cong Phuong, each of them had four goals.

Among many prolific goalscorers, Osvaldo Haay has been becoming one of the most interested players at SEA Games. He opened his account by scoring the late goal into Thailand U22's net in the first fixture.

The losing game against Vietnam U22 is the only match Haay did not score any goal at the group stage. Consequently, at the moment he is not only the best striker but also the stablest attacker at the SEA Games.

On the other hand, Vietnam U22's duo Duc Chinh and Tien Linh may not bag as many goals as Haay, but they always score at vital times.

In the case of Duc Chinh, he was the man scoring the only goal in the 85th minute of the match against Singapore U22. Furthermore, Tien Linh's double helped Vietnam escape from the most difficult situation in the preliminary round.

However, we cannot overlook other attackers such as Cambodia's Keo Sokpheng, Indonesia's Egy Maulana, and Myanmar's Aung Kaung Mann. Anyone of them can surprise the opponents at any time.