Malaysia, Thailand stay perfect
Chonburi: An early goal paved the way for Malaysia to defeat Australia 3-0 to stay top of Group B of the 2019 AFF U-15 Championship at the Institute of Physical Education in Chonburi, Thailand on Thursday.
It was the Malaysians third straight win and took them closer to the semi-finals with hosts Thailand keeping pace as they recorded an emphatic 4-0 win over Cambodia to also reach nine points.
Laos, meanwhile, defeated Brunei Darussalam 3-0 to record their first win of the competition.
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Australia 0-3 Malaysia
Malaysia enjoyed a dream start as they surged ahead after four minutes with defender Muhammad Daniel Edzuan Mohd Anuar beating Australia goalkeeper James Nieuwenhuizen from the penalty spot.
Australia tried to fight back after the early blow but it was Malaysia who widened their lead as Adam Farhan Mohd Faizal's low cross into the box was slotted home by Muhammad Nabil Qayyum Zainuddin.
Australia continued to press but Muhammad Izrin Ibrahim sealed the three points for Malaysia when he tapped the ball in from close range in the 70th minute.
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“The boys deserved to win 3-0, because of their determination, their fighting spirit. We also showed that we have good quality in the build-up. But it’s still early, we need to focus on the next match," said Malaysia head coach P. Maniam.
Australia head coach Trevor Morgan said his players would grow from the experience.
“It was a very good match for us. Malaysia prepared very well and gave our boys an experience that we will learn a lot from. I was proud of our second half performance, and we look forward to the next match against Thailand, it’s perfect for us," said Morgan.
Thailand 4-0 Cambodia
Thailand entered the tie on a high after their two earlier wins and quickly took control with Wongwat Jarcentaveesuk putting them ahead in the 19th minute.
The hosts missed a chance to go further ahead in the 34th minute as skipper Theekawin Chansri failed to convert a penalty.
A second goal, however, came in the 49th minute through Kongpop Sroirak with Thanawat Saipetch (77th) and Chonnapat Buaphan (80th) ensuring a comfortable win.
“Thailand has good technique and tactics, but our players tried hard, they wanted to win, I’m satisfied with my players. They are improving,” said Cambodia head coach Inoue Kazunori.
Thailand head coach Salvador Valero Garcia said: “For us it was very important to win today against a very organised team. Cambodia has very good defensive tactics, their coach has Italian influence and their team is very well organised defensively. We tried to beat this and we could do it by generating good chances.”
Brunei Darussalam 0-3 Laos
A brilliant 27th minute corner kick from Anantaza Siphongphan set the mood for the game, with his superbly taken corner beating goalkeeper Muhd Khairul Hisyam Norihwan.
Thipphachan Khambai One eased his side further ahead with a simple tap in from a few feet, turning in a cross from Khonesavanh Keonuchanh in the 40th minute.
Thipphachan helped himself to another, this time having to work a little harder for glory. He latched onto a long ball in the box, turned a defender and side-stepped the keeper to slip in the third goal for Cambodia.
Group A (all times local): Philippines vs Indonesia (15.00); Myanmar vs Vietnam (15.30), Timor Leste vs Singapore (18.00)
Sources: ASEAN Football Federation, Football Association of Thailand
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