AFF U19: Three teams must battle for two semis slots

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Malaysia recovered from a goal down to share points with Timor Leste in a Group B AFF Under-19 Championship match at the Joko Samudro Stadium here tonight. The draw means both have to slug it out with Myanmar to determine which two teams advance to the semi-finals.

Myanmar, 7-1 winners against Brunei earlier today, top the standings with a total of seven points. Malaysia also have a similar number of points but Myanmar lead the group on a far better goal difference. Timor Leste are third with five points. Myanmar, Malaysia and Timor Leste play their last group matches on Tuesday.

This evening, Timor Leste took advantage of a defensive error to snatch the lead in the 13th minute. Mouzinho De Lima, latching on to a neat pass from Filomeno Da Costa, squeezed through the Malaysian defence and slipped his attempt past the goalkeeper Shafiq Afifi to send Timor Leste ahead.

Undeterred by the goal, the Malaysians fought back and managed to get in a few shots. But it was in the 31st minute when they got it right, when Muhammad Akhyar Abdul Rashid knocked in a cross from Muhammad Nurfais Johari from the far right.

After the break both sides did all they could to score but it turned out to be an array of misses, mainly from the Malaysians. The Timor Leste players slowed down in the last 20 minutes and the Malaysians took advantage to move up, their attempts however were simply off the mark.

Malaysian coach Bojan Hodak said after their opponents scored the first goal, he told his players to work harder and they did just that and created chances, “Some players were carrying injuries so we tried out several other players who had not yet played. Right now, the focus is on the next match.”
Kim Shinhwan, the Timor Leste coach, said his team lost out physically, “The boys did not play according to our game plan, but I accept responsibility for this. They were anxious and I told them to be calm. We have to improve in the coming match, we want to win.”

In the earlier match here today, Myanmar were simply too strong for Brunei and cruised to a comfortable win which has put them in a good position for a semis berth. Myanmar stormed to a four-goal lead in the first half with two each from Myat Kaung Khant (13th, 24th) and Pyae Sone Naing (21st, 40th).

Striker Win Naing Tun, who had been constantly harassing the Brunei defence from the start, finally got his name on the scoresheet in the 49th minute. He doubled his tally three minutes later. Hlwan Moe Oo completed the rout nine minutes from time. Brunei scored their first goal of the tournament through Muhammad Rahimin Abdul Ghani with three minutes remaining on the clock.

Myanmar now have seven points from three matches, which includes a win over Cambodia and a draw with Timor Leste. They have one final game against Malaysia on Tuesday which will likely determine the final group positions.



Date Match Group Teams
July 8


19 B MYANMAR               7

Myat Kaung Khant 13th, 24th

Pyae Sone Naing 21st, 40th

Win Naing Tun 49th, 52nd

Hlwan Moe Oo 81st


BRUNEI               1

Muhammad Rahimin Abdul Ghani  87th

July 8 20 B TIMOR LESTE   

Mouzinho De Lima 13th



Muhammad Akhyar Abdul Rashid 31st


FIXTURES (remaining group stage matches)

July 9 – Group A: Laos vs Philippines, Vietnam vs Singapore, Thailand vs Indonesia 

July 10 – Group B: Cambodia vs Timor Leste, Malaysia vs Myanmar

For the complete fixtures, go to


Table Standings
Indonesia 4 4 0 0 10 1 9 12
Thailand 4 3 1 0 14 0 14 10
Vietnam 4 2 1 1 9 2 7 7
Laos 4 1 0 3 6 8 -2 3
Philippines 4 1 0 3 3 15 -12 3
Singapore 4 0 0 4 1 17 -16 0
Myanmar 3 2 1 0 13 4 9 7
Malaysia 3 2 1 0 5 1 4 7
Timor Leste 3 1 2 0 4 3 1 5
Cambodia 3 1 0 2 6 6 0 3
Brunei DS 4 0 0 4 1 14 -13 0
*Teams in BOLD Qualify to the Semi-Finals
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