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.
Chonburi: Striker Muhammad Harry Danish Mohd Haizon hit a hat-trick to steer Malaysia to an 8-0 win over Brunei Darussalam in their opening 2019 AFF U-15 Championship Group B match at the Institute of Physical Education Stadium in Chonburi, Thailand on Sunday.
Australia and Thailand were also winners in the other Group B games on Sunday, defeating Cambodia and Laos respectively.
Tajikistan march on, Uzbekistan back in contention
Dushanbe: Tajikistan moved to within touching distance of the trophy with a superb win over Islamic Republic of Iran, as Uzbekistan dented Afghanistan’s title aspirations while greatly enhancing their own on an action packed Matchday Four of the 2019 CAFA U-16 Championship in Tajikistan.
The hosts continued their impressive unbeaten run with an excellent 3-0 win over Iran, and Uzbekistan won by the same margin against fellow contenders Afghanistan, while Turkmenistan claimed their first points of the competition in the late match against Kyrgyz Republic.
The CAFA U-16 Championship Tajikistan, which serves as preparation for this year’s AFC U-16 Championship 2020 Qualifiers, sees each team play five 70-minute matches with the final round of games to be held on Thursday.
Malaysia stay ahead as Australia, Thailand keep pace
Chonburi: Malaysia defeated Cambodia 2-0 to stay top of Group B of the 2019 AFF Under-15 Championship on Tuesday.
Their lead, however, is only on goal difference as Australia and Thailand also recorded their second wins at the Institute of Physical Education in Chonburi, Thailand to ensure a thrilling tussle in Group B for the two semi-final spots.
Tajikistan reach the summit as Afghanistan stun IR Iran
Dushanbe: Host nation Tajikistan lead the field with two matchdays remaining at the CAFA U-16 Championship, after a late goal from Afghanistan’s Ahmad Zakaria Hussaini gave Islamic Republic of Iran their first defeat of the competition on Monday.
Hussaini’s goal - coupled with Tajikistan’s comfortable 3-0 win over Turkmenistan - helped the hosts move to the top of the standings on seven points, with only goal difference separating them from Afghanistan.
In Monday’s other match, Uzbekistan held off a fast-finishing Kyrgyz Republic to register their first win of the competition, which pits the region’s brightest young talents against each other over five 70-minute matches apiece in Dushanbe and Hisor.