Defeating U18 Malaysia with a score of 1-0 in the final held on the evening of August 19 at Thong Nhat Stadium, U18 Australia won the U18 Championship in Southeast Asia – Next Media Cup 2019.
In the AFF U18 Championship 2019 group stage, U18 Malaysia was shocked when beating Australia with a score of 3-0. However, in the final, U18 Australia showed a different face with the match in the group stage.
The first half of the match ended with a score of 0-0, in which the opportunity belonged to the Australia team. Entering the second half, U18 Australia still controlled the game better and they created many opportunities but could not score. Thinking the match must be delineated on the 11m mark, in the 80th minute, Brooks scored the only goal of the match, helping U18 Australia win the championship this year.
This is really a worthy victory after what this team has shown at the AFF U18 Championship 2019. The same afternoon, in the third match, Indonesia U18 defeated U18 Myanmar with a score of 5-0. Worth mentioning, all goals were scored in the first half.
In the first half
Players from U18 Indonesia and Malaysia U18 team enter with high concentration and determination to score soon. The balance was maintained for the first 18 minutes of the first half with fierce dispute situations. In the 19th minute, U18 Malaysia suddenly had a goal to take the lead by midfielder Aiman Afif (20) from a free-kick situation.
Being goaled early, the red-shirt players rushed to attack close to the opponent’s goal in order to find a equalizer. All efforts of Indonesian U18 players paid off at the end of the first half with a precise finish in the penalty area of Putra striker (7).
In the second half
The situation in the second half continued to repeat when the U18 players in Malaysia competed and continued to have the second goal in the 55 minutes by Hakim (10).
After this situation, the match was somewhat coincidence and sometimes fell into a stalemate. But from the 80th minute, taking advantage of the lack of concentration of the U18 defense in Malaysia, the U18 Indonesia players organized beautifully coordinated to score 2 goals to take the lead with 3-2. But this is not the final result of the match when the Malaysian U18 players themselves turned up the spectacular flag when they continued to score 3-3 in the 84th minute.
90 minutes into the match, the two teams went into extra time to win. In the 98th minute, Haiqal (5) made a beautiful header to help the U18 team in Malaysia take the lead 4-3 in the joy of teammates. This is also the score kept until the end of the first period, setting a convincing victory for the Malaysian U18 players and the ticket to play the final of AFF U18 Championship 2019.
In the semi-final match between U18 Australia and U18 Myanmar, which took place at 19:30 on the same day, the Australia players won the final of AFF U18 Championship 2019 with a close score of 2-1, thereby recording their names in the final and meet U18 Malaysia again. In the group stage, U18 Malaysia unexpectedly defeated U18 Australia with a score of 3-0. Therefore, the rematch of these two teams (taking place at 19:30 on August 19 at Thong Nhat Stadium) promises to be full of appeal and drama.
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