Ho Chi Minh City: Indonesia and Timor-Leste turned on the power in their opening 2019 AFF U-18 Championship Group A matches on Tuesday while there was a winning start for Myanmar too.
Group A: Indonesia 7-1 Philippines
Despite intermittent rain, Indonesia did not waste time in taking the lead with Sutan Zico stabbing home a mad scramble in the third minute for the lead.
Muhammad Fajar Rachman’s dipping shot in the 15th minute doubled their lead as Indonesia took full control, adding three more goals for them to take a 5-0 lead into the break.
Striker Aminuddin Bagus scored in the 16th and 24th minutes and captain David Maulana was also on target three minutes before the break.
With mostly players from the side that won the AFF U-16 Championship last year in Surabaya, Indonesia controlled the pace well and rarely allowed the Philippines to venture forward.
And while the Philippines did manage to pull a goal back in the 66th minute off Alimar Ambong’s fabulous free-kick, there was no stopping Indonesia from collecting full points as they added two more goals through Mochammad Supriadi.
Supriadi’s first was an open header off a cross from Muhammad Fajar while the second was a pick up from a through ball.
Group A: Laos 1-3 Myanmar
Myanmar also enjoyed a winning start as they beat Laos 3-1 at the Binh Duong Stadium.
In an evenly contested affair, Myanmar held a slight edge when they scored twice to take a 2-0 lead at the break, off goals from Saw Kyaw Ae in the 29th minute and then Wai Yan Soe in the 37th.
Laos started the second half on a bright note with Tee Sihalath finding the back of the net.
But a red card offence in the 83rd minute for Chony Wenpaseurth would weigh heavily against them as Myanmar then grabbed the chance to score their third goal through Zaw Win Thein right at the end.
Group A: Timor-Leste 7-2 Brunei Darussalam
Despite wet and slippery conditions, Timor-Leste were quick to settle down and they were duly rewarded with the first goal when Expedito Conceicao latched on to a cross from Elias Mesquita, just 12 minutes in.
Timor-Leste were in firm control and they scored twice more through Gumario Da Silva Moreira in the 32nd minute and then Dom Lucas Braz in the 45th minute for a 3-0 lead at the end of the first half.
Brunei Darussalam came out stronger after the break and they narrowed the gap to 3-1 with Muhd Aisan Md Aiman finding the back of the net from close range.
Timor-Leste's decision to use a defensive approach saw Brunei Darussalam grow in confidence and they were rewarded when Muhd Aisan further narrowed the deficit in the 81st minute.
That provoked a response as Timor-Leste knocked in four goals off a brace each from Mouzinho De Lima (82nd and 87th minutes) and then Danilson Araujo (89th and 90th minutes).
Wednesday - Group B (local time): Vietnam vs Malaysia (15:30); Thailand vs Singapore (15:30); Cambodia vs Australia (18:30)
Sources: ASEAN Football Federation, Vietnam Football Federation