Timor Leste, Indonesia share points, Vietnam, Myanmar claim victory
Chonburi: Indonesia and Timor-Leste maintained their unbeaten runs after settling for a 1-1 draw in Group A of the AFF U-15 Championship in Chonburi, Thailand on Wednesday.
Vietnam, meanwhile, stayed in the hunt after snatching a late 1-0 win over Singapore, as did Myanmar who also edged Philippines 1-0.
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Indonesia 1-1 Timor-Leste
Indonesia drew first blood when Marselino Ferdinad knocked in from close range in the 45th minute but their celebrations only lasted 10 minutes as a spirited Paulo Freitas headed the ball over Indonesian goalkeeper I Made Putra Kaicen.
A few minutes later, Indonesia blew away a penalty opportunity when Mochamad Faizal Shaifullah’s spot-kick was saved.
The draw was enough to ensure Timor Leste remained top of Group A with seven points. Indonesia trail in second with similar points while Vietnam are third.
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Indonesian head coach Bima Sakti was happy with the draw.
“It’s a good result for us today. For the next match against Philippines, they are a good team and we must work hard and with great motivation.”
Timor-Leste head coach Kim Shinwan said: "It’s a big match for both teams. On our part, some of our players had issues with their stamina, we have to fix this. Against Singapore we have concentrate if we want to win.”
Singapore 0-1 Vietnam
Just when it seemed the match would end goalless, an infringement three minutes from the end in the Singapore box handed Vietnam victory. Cai Van Quy set off down the left and quickly cut back and as he crossed, the ball came off a defender and a penalty was given.
Le Minh Toan placed his shot to the left, assuring Vietnam full points and keeping their semi-final hopes alive.
Philippines 0-1 Myanmar
Philippines fought hard but their resistance was finally broken in the 74th minute when Min Thu struck a low shot which goalkeeper Gabriel Anthony Cadisal could only parry and a lurking Naung Tun came in from the far side to slot in the winner.
Myanmar coach Torssten Spittler said it was not a good match from his team’s perspective but he was happy with the result.
“I had a serious talk with them at halftime because I was unsatisfied with what happened in the first half. Fortunately, they changed and started to fight for the ball.”
Thursday - Group B (all times local): Australia vs Malaysia (15.00), Brunei Darussalam vs Laos (15.30), Thailand vs Cambodia (18.00)
Sources: ASEAN Football Federation, Football Association of Thailand
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