ASEAN Domestic Wrap: Myanmar kicks off 2020 season
Kuala Lumpur: The 11th season of the Myanmar National League began over the weekend with wins for defending champions Shan United and perennial powerhouses Yangon United and Ayeyawady United.
Meanwhile, the action continued in Australia with leaders Sydney FC extending their advantage at the top of the A-League standings. Join the-AFC.com as we round-up all the action in our weekly wrap of the fixtures from the ASEAN region.
D’Agostino: Thailand win has boosted Australia’s confidence
Bangkok: Two-goal hero Nicholas D’Agostino has tipped Australia to go all the way after the Olyroos defeated Thailand 2-1 in their AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 Group A tie on Saturday.
Australia, who had played to a 1-1 draw with Iraq on Matchday One, found themselves trailing to Anon Amornlerdsak’s 24th minute strike but displayed great determination to bounce back with goals from D’Agostino in the 43rd and 76th minutes.
The win was achieved in front of 22,000 Thailand fans at the Rajamangala Stadium and took Australia to pole position in Group A.
Bangkok: Head coach Graham Arnold has praised the character of his Australia team after they sensationally came from behind to beat Thailand 2-1 and move to within touching distance of the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 quarter-finals.
Perth Glory striker Nicholas D'Agostino was on hand to score either side of half-time as Australia followed up their opening day draw against Iraq with a priceless three-point haul that has moved them to the top of the Group A standings.
Buriram: Captain Nguyen Quang Hai wants Vietnam to step up after settling for a 0-0 draw with the United Arab Emirates in their AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 Group D opener on Friday.
Park Hang-seo’s men spurned several chances against UAE with Quang Hai coming close on a number of occasions while Nguyen Tien Linh was denied by goalkeeper Mohammed Al Shamsi at the very end.
The result left Vietnam third in the standings with Jordan, who the Southeast Asians must now beat on Monday to boost their chances of advancing to the knockout stage, leading the group after opening with a 2-1 win over DPR Korea.
Buriram: Runners-up from 2018, Vietnam need to improve certain aspects of their play if they are to go far this time around. That is the message from head coach Park Hang-seo after his side started their AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 campaign with a 0-0 draw against the UAE on Friday.
Nguyen Quang Hai came close on a couple of occasions for Vietnam and Nguyen Tien Linh was denied a winner at the death by the Emirati goalkeeper as Park’s side settled for a point at Buriram Stadium.