2020 AFC U19 Championship Qualifiers: Malaysia go prime after Thailand shocked by hosts Cambodia
Thailand suffered a 2-1 defeat by the hands of Cambodia giving Malaysia a three-point lead heading into the ultimate matchday of the 2020 AFC U19 Championship Qualifiers.
Malaysia and Thailand had demolished Brunei Darussalam and Northern Mariana Islands respectively on Wednesday to enter the penultimate matchday with six factors apiece.
However whereas AFF U18 Championship 2019 runners-up Malaysia demolished Northern Mariana Islands 10-0, Thailand fell to a 2-1 defeat by the hands of a powerful Cambodia who climbed as much as the second spot, because of a greater head-to-head file over the Thais.
Samel Met gave the house aspect a 1-Zero lead within the 16th minute earlier than 17-year-old Cambodia senior worldwide Sieng Chanthea doubled their lead earlier than the half-time break. Thailand diminished the deficit within the second half, however didn’t hold tempo with the Malaysians.
Aiman Afif had scored 4 targets in Harimau Muda’s 10-Zero thrashing of Northern Mariana Islands earlier within the day. Fahmi Daniel scored twice whereas Hazim Abu Zaid, Aidil Azuan, Firdaus Ramli and Arzul Haikal additionally scored for Brad Maloney’s aspect on the Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium.
They now prime the group with 9 factors, three factors forward of second-placed Cambodia and third-placed Thailand.
Thailand and Malaysia face one another on the ultimate matchday within the 2020 AFC U19 Qualifiers on November 10 whereas Cambodia face Brunei.
Thailand should defeat Malaysia and hope Cambodia drop factors towards Brunei for them to progress as group winners.
(Picture credit score: Cambodia Soccer Federation)