Friday, October 11, 2013

Malaysia Suffer Second Defeat In AFC U-19 Qualifiers

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 10 (Bernama) -- Harimau Muda 'C' squad went down 1-5 to Japan, their second defeat, in Group I of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-19 qualifying round at the Jiaxing Sports Centre Stadium in Zhejiang, China, Thursday.

With the win, Japan edged closer to the finals after having thrashed Macau 6-0 in the opening match on Tuesday at the Pinghu Sports Centre Stadium, Jiaxing, said AFC in its website;

On the other hand, Harimau Muda C squad under the tutelage of Aminuddin Hussin lost 1-3 to China in their opening encounter.

In today's match, Japan grabbed the opener through Ochi Yamato's effort in the third minute before doubled their advantage with the courtesy of Kaneko Shota's penalty kick in the 24th minute.

Forward Muhammad Arif Mohamed Anwar reduced the deficit for the national young side through penalty kick in the 38th minute.

Japan, however, restored their lead by adding three more goals in the second half through their substitute players, Miyaichi Tsuyoshi (77th minute) and Minamino Takumi (79th) before skipper Miura Genta sealed the comfortable win with the fifth goal in the 86th minute.

Malaysia will wrap up their final group match against winless Macau on Saturday while Japan will square off against host China to decide the winner of the Group I.

Based on qualifying round format, the winners of the nine groups from A to I and the six best second-placed sides will automatically qualified for the finals in Myanmar, next year.

Myanmar have already qualified as the host nation.


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