Australia win again, Malaysia and Cambodia bounce back
Ho Chi Minh City: Australia picked up their second win in Group B of the AFF U-18 Championship 2019 when they beat hosts Vietnam 4-1, while Malaysia and Cambodia bounced back with wins on Friday.
Vietnam 1-4 Australia
Both teams were eager to follow up from their opening wins – Australia beat Cambodia 5-1 and Vietnam beat Malaysia 1-0 – but just 39 seconds in, Marco Tillo silenced more than 4,000 home fans with a fine finish from close-range, before turning provider for Lachlan Brook in the 13th minute for Australia’s second goal.
Tillo then added his second and Australia’s third with another exquisite finish but Vietnam pulled a goal back through Vo Nguyen Hoang’s header just before the break.
Australia then finished things off in the second half when Tillo sealed his hat-trick after bursting through the Vietnam defence.
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Thailand 3-4 Cambodia
After falling to a big defeat against Australia two days earlier, the Cambodians put up a more determined performance to beat highly rated Thailand.
Thailand’s Guntapon Keereeleang over the top attempt was replied with a sublime effort from Keo Oudom that rocked their opponent’s crossbar in the 32nd minute.
The close battle was carried through into the second half before Cambodia finally broke the deadlock in the 53rd minute when Wut Tola headed in a free-kick from Chea Sokmeng.
Thailand then replied with the equaliser in the 68th minute with Sitthinan Rungrueang providing the cross and Guntapon latching home.
Cambodiatook the lead after an own goal from Thailand’s Chantmongkol Rueangthanarot in the 75th minute but the Thais drew level again when Thirapak Prueangna fired in a rocket barely a minute later.
As the Thais seemed to slow down, Cambodia’s Sieng Chanthea took the opportunity to blast in two quick goals in the 87th and 88th minutes to put the score at 4-2.
Thailand managed to conjure up their third goal in injury time when Guntapon headed in Chatmongkol’s corner, but it came too late for a revival.
Malaysia 3-1 Singapore
Malaysia claimed the lead as early as the sixth minute when Firdaus Kaironnisam found the back of the net, but Singapore recovered well and kept the Harimau Muda at bay till the end of the first half.
Six minutes into the second half, Kaironnisam doubled his and Malaysia's tally, before Zamani Zamri pulled one back for Singapore in the 75th minute, but a late goal from Luqman Hakim Shamsudin was enough for Malaysia to claim the win.
Sources: ASEAN Football Federation, Vietnam Football Federation
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