Indonesia, Myanmar stay perfect
Ho Chi Minh City: Indonesia and Myanmar continued their undefeated runs in their 2019 AFF U-18 Championship Group A campaigns with wins over Timor-Leste and the Philippines respectively, while Laos secured their first victory on Thursday.
Indonesia 4-0 Timor-Leste
Indonesia, who had defeated the Philippines 7-1 in their opening tie two days ago, continued where they left off as took full control against Timor-Leste.
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Aware that goals could prove crucial in the final standings, Indonesia fought for every ball and rarely allowed Timor-Leste to push forward.
And even without the speedy Aminuddin Bagus Alfikri upfront, Indonesia were still potent as it took them only nine minutes to get on to the scoresheet when captain David Maulana fired in a well-taken free-kick.
Timor-Leste then came close with a fabulous set-piece of their own in the 29th minute from Mouzinho de Lima but that miss would prove costly as Indonesia then went on to score twice for a 3-0 lead at the break.
An exquisite first-timer from Muhammad Salman Alfarid beat Timor-Leste custodian Georgino Da Silva for the second time on the night in the 40th minute as they then added another from Beckham Nugraha’s penalty five minutes later.
With the comfortable lead going into the second half, Indonesia took their foot off the pedal somewhat as they allowed Timor-Leste more possession.
But the Indonesian defence marshalled by the sturdy Aminuddin Bagas Arrizqi fended off everything that Timor-Leste threw at them.
Indonesia then added their fourth goal in the 79th minute through Amancio Araujo and just before the final whistle, a fracas almost broke out when Timor-Leste’s Salvador Da Silva was red carded for an infringement on Mochammad Supriadi.
Thai referee Wiwat Jumpaoon also flashed the yellow card to Indonesia’s Braif Fatari for his part in the incident.
Laos 1-0 Brunei Darussalam
Laos bounced back from their loss to Myanma to beat Brunei Darussalam 1-0.
Thanouthong Kietnalonglop scored the only goal of the game in the 21st minute with a shot from inside the box and Laos then almost added the second goal byt Tee Sihalath missed from the penalty spot.
Myanmar 4-1 Philippines
Myanmar, who had opened their Group A campaign with a stunning 7-2 win over Brunei Darussalam, scored two goals in each half to silence Philippines 4-1.
Under wet and slippery conditions, both teams struggled to gain a firm footing as Myanmar dictated the early offensive play.
And before long, Myanmar got the lead they were looking for in the 10th minute when Kaung Khant Kyaw headed in a free-kick from Ye Min Kyaw.
The Philippines tried hard to push forward but the Myanmar defence was rarely troubled throughout the first half.
La Min Htew widened Myanmar's lead just before half time and Moe Swe made it 3-0 in the 54th minute, leaving Philippines with a mountain to climb.
Myanmar then made sure the game was well beyond Philippines' reach in the 71st minute with Hein Htet Aung scoring from a set-piece.
Philippines managed a consolation just before the end with Francis Arturo Tacardon heading in Nicolai San Jose’s cross.
Photos: Vietnam Football Federation
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