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Draw seals Indonesia top spot

Thong Nhat: Their perfect run came to an end but Indonesia will head into the AFF Under-18 Championship 2019 semi-finals on a high after emerging Group A winners on Wednesday.

Myanmar 1-1 Indonesia

Their tie against Myanmar, who also went in to the match with four wins to their name, ended 1-1 with Indonesia sealing top spot on goal difference.

The two now await the Group B's semi-finalists, which will be decided on Thursday.

The intense heat failed to inspire both sets of players in the first half before Myanmar found the lead after the break through Htet Aung with Indonesia captain Rizky Ridho Ramadhani equalising in the 68th minute.

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“I must say that I was not happy with the performance of the players as some of those I put in should have been playing a lot better than those players who had already played four matches,” said Indonesia head coach Fakhri Hussaini.

Fakhri, however, was pleased that Indonesia held on to win the group while his Myanmar counterpart Soe Myat Min wasn't too worried that his team missed out on top spot.

“I am generally pleased with the performance of the team. It was a fair result and now we will look forward to the semi-finals,” said Soe.

Both will fancy their chances after a stellar performance in the group stage with Indonesia having defeated Philippines 7-1, Timor-Leste 4-0, Brunei Darussalam 6-1 and Laos 2-1.

Myanmar defeated Laos 3-1, Philippines 4-1, Timor-Leste 1-0 and Brunei Darussalam 2-0.

Meanwhile, Laos ended their campaign with a 4-0 over Timor-Leste to finish third in the group with nine points. Timor-Leste finished fourth.

Philippines took fifth spot in the group with a 4-1 win over Brunei Darussalam.

Malaysia, Australia and Vietnam will be vying for the semi-final spots from Group B on Thursday.

Malaysia, tied with Australia on nine points but topping the group on goal difference, face Thailand while Australia will be up against Singapore. Vietnam, on seven points, face Cambodia.

Wednesday's Results - Group A: Myanmar 1-1 Indonesia; Laos 4-0 Timor Leste; Philippines 4-1 Brunei Darussalam.

Thursday - Group B (all times local): Malaysia vs Thailand (15:30); Singapore vs Australia (16:30); Vietnam vs Cambodia (19:30).

Sources: ASEAN Football Federation, Vietnam Football Federation

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