Qualifiers - Group G: Winning starts for Malaysia, Brunei DS
Phnom Penh: Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia got their AFC U-19 Championship Uzbekistan 2020 qualifying campaigns off to winning starts in Group G on Saturday.
Malaysia, reduced to nine players by the 59th minute, survived a late Cambodian revival to win 5-4, while Brunei saw off a spirited Northern Mariana Islands 4-3 at the National Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh.
Dushanbe: A late goal from Mahdi Hashemnezhad Rahimabadi gave Islamic Republic of Iran the point they needed to win the 2019 CAFA U-19 Championship title after they earned a 1-1 draw against 10-man Tajikistan at Dushanbe Central Stadium on Thursday.
Needing only to avoid defeat to hold off the hosts in the final match of the round-robin competition, Iran fell behind to a first-half goal from promising Tajikistan striker Rustam Soirov but hit back with Rahimabadi’s 80th-minute leveller to become the Central Asian champions.
Earlier in the day, Uzbekistan beat Turkmenistan 2-0 to finish third in the competition, which serves as preparation for the forthcoming 2020 AFC U-19 Championship Qualifiers.