Saudi Arabia strike late to advance
Dammam: Saudi Arabia had to dig deep to beat Yemen 2-1 to qualify for the AFC U-19 Championship 2018 in a Group D tie at the Prince Mohd Fahad Stadium on Wednesday.
Yemen took the early lead in the third minute through Saqr Ebrahim Al-Harbi and they held on to their slim lead till half time.
For the most part of the second half, Yemen managed to keep Khaled Abdullah Mohammed's men at bay but Hamed Abdullah Alghamdi had other ideas.
Alghamdi's equaliser in the 86th minute gave Saudi Arabia a confidence booster and they chased for the winner.
Their determination paid off as Mohammed Mali scored two minutes into added-on time for the win and a spot in the Finals in Indonesia.
In another Group D tie, India left it late in beating Turkmenistan 3-0 in their final AFC U-19 Championship 2018 qualifying tie at the Prince Mohd Fahad Stadium on Wednesday.
The win ensured India finished third in the group with four points.
Both teams were evenly matched in the first half as the score remained goalless at half time.
The match came to life 14 minutes after the hour mark as India managed to break down Turkmenistan courtesy of Amarjit Singh Kiyam in the 74th minute.
Abhisek Halder made it 2-0 when his effort six minutes later beat Turkmenistan goalkeeper Charyyev Rasul.
India went on to score one more two minutes into stoppage time through Edmund Lalrindika to give them victory while Turkmenistan ended the qualifying campaign without scoring a goal.