Australia, Malaysia in final showdown
Binh Duong: Australia and Malaysia will face off in the final of the AFF U-18 Championship 2019 after hard fought semi-final wins over Myanmar and Indonesia respectively on Saturday.
Australia came from behind to beat Myanmar 2-1 while Malaysia, who also overcome a deficit, edged Indonesia 4-3 in extra-time.
It will be the second meeting between the teams, with Malaysia having defeated Australia 3-0 in the group stage.
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AUSTRALIA 2-1 MYANMAR
A late strike from captain Kai Clifton Trewin gave Australia their place in the final after they beat a brave Myanmar side at the Binh Duong Stadium.
Myanmar struck first, with the nippy La Min Htwe breaking through off a quick counter attack to put the ball home in the 18th minute.
A defensive lapse in concentration saw Lachlan Brook equalising for Australia with a stiff grounder past Phyo Thu.
The goal rattled Myanmar and Trewin struck the winner in the 77th minute.
INDONESIA 3-4 MALAYSIA (AET)
Harith Haikal Adam Afkar's 99th minute winner sealed Malaysia their place in the final after a thrilling 4-3 win over Indonesia.
“The fighting spirit of the players was unbelievable. We knew that it was not going to be easy but the players never gave up,” said Malaysian head coach Brad Maloney.
“The team came through the Group of Death and they showed their quality again today.”
Mohd Aiman Alif Alfizul gave Malaysia the lead in the 19th minute when he flicked the ball in after Muhammad Fakrul Naszari’s free-kick had come off the wall.
Unperturbed, Indonesia pushed forward and Beckham Nugraha levelled the tie just before the break.
Lukman Halim Shamsudin’s stinger from some 25 metres restored Malaysia's lead in the 54th minute but Indonesia replied with two quick goals to turn the tie on its head.
The first was a superb run down the left from Muhammad Fajar Rachman in the 80th minute as he slipped the ball past the oncoming Malaysian custodian Sikh Izan Sikh Azman while two minutes later, a quick counter allowed Bayu Fikri to ground in Indonesia’ first lead of the game
A mistake from defender Alfeandra Dewangga Santosa in the 84th minute gave the Malaysians a penalty that Harith Haikal did not miss and he then turned hero.
Tuesday (all times local)
Indonesia vs Myanmar (16:30)
Malaysia vs Australia (19:30)
Sources: ASEAN Football Federation, Vietnam Football Federation
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