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Match report: Timor Leste 0 Philippines 5

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VIENTIANE: Ian Araneta netted a hat-trick of headers as Philippines enjoyed a perfect start to the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup qualifying round with an emphatic 5-0 victory over Timor Leste at the National Sports Complex in Vientiane on Friday.

Philip Younghusband converted a penalty and Anton Del Rosario was also on target for the Filipinos, who raced into a four-goal lead by half-time before easing up against the Timorese in the second half.

Philippines had won all three previous meetings between the two sides in the AFF Suzuki Cup but they could have fallen behind after three minutes when Quito squandered a golden opportunity for Timor Leste, blasting over with only goalkeeper Neil Etheridge to beat.

But Philippines soon took control with Del Rosario blasting wide in the eighth minute and Philip Younghusband thumping a header against the Timor Leste woodwork in the 20th minute.

The deadlock was finally broken in the 27th minute. Timor Leste goalkeeper Diamentino Leong missed a cross from the left which found an unmarked Emelio Caligdong in front of goal. His scuffed shot was cleared off the line by a defender but ricocheted straight to Araneta, who put the ball into net with a diving header.

The Pinoys extended their advantage three minutes later when James Younghusband was brought down in the Timor Leste box and his brother, Philip, stepped up to send the resulting penalty into the top left corner of the net.

Del Rosario duly made it 3-0 two minute after that when he met James Younghusband's cross from the right with a glancing header that Leong was unable to keep out despite getting a hand to the ball.

Phil Younghusband then set up the fourth Philippines goal in the 41st minute, lofting in a ball from the left edge of the box that Araneta rose to head past the advancing Timor Leste keeper.

Araneta completed his hat-trick in the 57th minute when he was found unmarked in front of goal by James Younghusband's knock-down and easily nodded the ball past Leong.

Timor Leste pressed forward in search of a consolation goal but squandered their best opportunity in the 72nd minute when Eusebio burst clear and tried to round Etheridge, only to be denied by a superb stop by the Philippines goalkeeper.

Araneta went close to bagging a fourth 12 minutes from time with a header that rocked the crossbar.