MALAYSIA VS THAILAND AFC U16 23 SEPTEMBER 2018.
Standing group A:
- MALAYSIA 3 POINTS
- JAPAN 3 POINTS
- THAILAND 0 POINTS
- TAJIKISTAN 0 POINTS
The tournament favorites showed that they weren’t to be overawed by the tag hanging around their neck as they came back from being behind early on to earn their first win of the 2018 AFC U16 Championship.
Thailand stunned Japan after only less than a minute played when Thumsen Thanarin threaded the perfect through ball for Mueanta Suphanat to slam home past Taiki Yamada in Japan’s goal to give The War Elephants a shock 0-1 lead.
But the Japanese roared back into contention just five minutes later as Ryotaro Araki pounced on a Thai defensive mistake to grab the equaliser. Araki would be in thick of the action in the 8th minute to help Kuraba Kondo to a tap in for Japan to lead 2-1.
In a rare moment of uncertainty, Riku Handa allowed Suphanat to run through on the assumption the latter was offside but the linesman did not raise his flag and the Thai striker easily put the ball past Yamada for his team’s second goal.
Undetered, it was Araki who struck once again in the 34th minute, heading home from Hikaru Naruoka’s cross before Handa made amends with his earlier hesistancy by slamming home a fourth for Japan four minutes before half time.
The second half was a much more relaxed affair as both sides struggled to maintain the same intensity as they produced in the first half as well as Japan being more disciplined in their approach in an attempt to protect their lead.
That said, substitute Shoji Toyama came on late in the game to put the cherry on top of the cake with a fifth goal for Japan, confidently guiding the ball past Taeesri Anuchid to seal an opening day win for the young Samurai Blues.
This match completed the first round of action in Group A as Japan joined Malaysia on full points after defeating their respective opponents. Japan will next face Tajikistan on Sunday September 23 while Thailand will go up against host Malaysia.
Malaysia as hosts have been drawn in Group A, alongside Japan, Thailand and Tajikistan, and all group matches involving the Young Tigers will be held at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium.
They will kick off the competition against facing neighbors Thailand on September 23. Their final group match will be on September 26, against Japan. All matches will kick-off at 4.30 pm.
5 last match Malaysia.
|Last matches: MALAYSIA U16|
|20.09.18||CHA||Malaysia U16||Tajikistan U16||6 : 2|
|24.09.17||CHA||Japan U16||Malaysia U16||4 : 0|
|22.09.17||CHA||Guam U16||Malaysia U16||1 : 14|
|20.09.17||CHA||Malaysia U16||Singapore U16||6 : 1|
|22.09.16||CHA||South Korea U16||Malaysia U16||3 : 0|
3 kali menang, 2 kali kalah.
5 last match Thailand 2018.
|Last matches: THAILAND U16|
|20.09.18||CHA||Japan U16||Thailand U16||5 : 2|
|24.09.17||CHA||Thailand U16||Laos U16||4 : 1|
|22.09.17||CHA||East Timor U16||Thailand U16||0 : 4|
|20.09.17||CHA||Thailand U16||Indonesia U16||0 : 1|
|18.09.17||CHA||Northern Mariana Islands U16||Thailand U16||0 : 10|
Same like malaysia
|Head-to-head matches: THAILAND U16 – MALAYSIA U16|
|06.09.14||CHA||Thailand U16||Malaysia U16||0 : 1|
|07.07.11||FI||Malaysia U16||Thailand U16||2 : 2|
Melaysia win 1 game, 1 games draw.
FAM also announced that the open seating tickets for all matches involving Malaysia in the tournament will be priced at RM10 (adults) and RM5 (children). However, for Malaysia’s matches at the Bukit Jalil, VIP tickets and grandstand tickets will also be made available, at RM20 and RM15, respectively.
The tickets can be purchased on the day of the matches, at the match venue.
The full tournament fixtures can be viewed and downloaded from here.
Pre-match facts – AFC Championship U16:
- Thailand have gone 5 consecutive matches without a draw.
- Each of the last 3 matches that Thailand have played had over 2.5 goals.
- Malaysia have gone 5 consecutive matches without a draw.
2018 AFC U-16 Championship | Sunday, 23 September 2018
THAILAND vs MALAYSIA
* Ticket counters open at 1.30 pm (RM20 VIP, RM15 Grandstand, RM10 Open & RM5 Kids)
TAJIKISTAN vs JAPAN
* Ticket counters open at 6.45 pm (RM10 Open & RM5 Kids)
* Live on Fox Sports 2 (813 & 829HD)