Malaysia edge Thailand for title, Indonesia finish third
Chonburi: Malaysia came back from a goal down to beat Thailand 2-1 to clinch their second AFF U-15 Championship title, while Indonesia finished third after a thrilling penalty shootout win against Vietnam on Friday.
Final: Thailand 1-2 Malaysia
In a rematch of their Group B fixture less than a week ago, Thailand came into the match as favourites after beating defending champions Indonesia in the semi-finals.
Thu Dao Mot: Twelve teams will chase regional glory in the 2019 AFF U-18 Championship hosted by Vietnam.
The two-week tournament kicks off on Tuesday with the ASEAN teams using it as preparation ahead of the AFC U-19 Championship 2020 Qualifiers in November.
Divided into two groups of six teams, the group winners and runners-up will advance to the semi-finals.
Myanmar, Indonesia, Laos, Timor-Leste, Philippines and Brunei Darussalam are in Group A, and they will play in the capital city of Binh Duong province, while Group B’s Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore and Australia will battle it out in Ho Chi Minh city.
Dushanbe: Tajikistan completed a superb week on home soil, defeating Afghanistan 1-0 and confirming their status as CAFA U-16 Championship winners on Thursday.
A second-half strike from Abdulfatoh Khudoidodzoda ultimately sealed the title for Tajikistan, who won four matches in a row to finish the five-match programme on top of the table with 13 points.
Earlier in the day, Uzbekistan had kept their hopes of an improbable final day title bid alive with a thumping win over Turkmenistan, but Tajikistan’s success in the later match meant Azamat Abduraimov’s side finished as runners-up
Chonburi: An early goal paved the way for Malaysia to defeat Australia 3-0 to stay top of Group B of the 2019 AFF U-15 Championship at the Institute of Physical Education in Chonburi, Thailand on Thursday.
It was the Malaysians third straight win and took them closer to the semi-finals with hosts Thailand keeping pace as they recorded an emphatic 4-0 win over Cambodia to also reach nine points.
Laos, meanwhile, defeated Brunei Darussalam 3-0 to record their first win of the competition.