Dushanbe: Islamic Republic of Iran signalled their intentions with an impressive 2-0 win over Uzbekistan, while Turkmenistan and Afghanistan shared the points as the 2019 CAFA U-19 Championship began in Tajikistan on Friday.
The Central Asian tournament is being used as preparations for November’s AFC U-19 Championship 2020 Qualifiers, in which all five teams will feature.
Australia win again, Malaysia and Cambodia bounce back
Ho Chi Minh City: Australia picked up their second win in Group B of the AFF U-18 Championship 2019 when they beat hosts Vietnam 4-1, while Malaysia and Cambodia bounced back with wins on Friday.
Vietnam 1-4 Australia
Both teams were eager to follow up from their opening wins – Australia beat Cambodia 5-1 and Vietnam beat Malaysia 1-0 – but just 39 seconds in, Marco Tillo silenced more than 4,000 home fans with a fine finish from close-range, before turning provider for Lachlan Brook in the 13th minute for Australia’s second goal.
Tillo then added his second and Australia’s third with another exquisite finish but Vietnam pulled a goal back through Vo Nguyen Hoang’s header just before the break.
Australia then finished things off in the second half when Tillo sealed his hat-trick after bursting through the Vietnam defence.
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.
Vietnam and Australia shine, Singapore salvage draw
Ho Chi Minh City: Vietnam and Australia enjoyed winning starts to their 2019 AFF U-18 Championship Group B campaign, while Singapore drew with Thailand on Wednesday.
Thailand 1-1 Singapore
Substitute Danish Qayyum Putra Shahrin Azhar gave Singapore a valuable point in their opening game when they held Thailand to a 1-1 draw.
The action was end to end with both teams eager to follow up with the blistering start to the Championship as demonstrated by teams from Group A on Tuesday, where a total of 21 goals were scored in the three matches played.