Malaysia’s national team U19 qualified for the finals successfully. after overturning Vietnam U19 national team went 3-0 in the AFF U19 Championship 2022 semi-finals. at Patriot Cantrabhaka Stadium, Bekasi.
This is the fourth final in a row for Harimau Muda since the 2017 edition but they only managed to win the championship in the 2018 edition which at that time also took place in Indonesia.
In the action, Malaysia balanced the strength of Vietnam in the first half when defending firmly to cover the opponent from presenting a threat towards the Malaysian goal.
The Vietnam attack, which was easily broken by Malaysia several times, ‘choked’ the opponents, forcing them to make long -range attempts, but it was not enough to test the country’s goal gate.
On the other hand, Vietnam were shocked when Malaysia ‘shook’ their goal through a curling attempt by Adam Farhan Mohd Faizal who beat Cao Van Binh in the 25th minute.
Continuing the second half, Vietnam’s possession of the ball did not cause any problems for Malaysia which continued to deny the threat that the opposing team was trying to give.
Malaysia’s goal was anxious in the 54th minute when Nguyen Anh Tu’s header hit the post followed by another attempt in the 57th minute from Vietnam but was closed neatly by the national defense.
Vietnam’s ‘fun’ attack was punished by a combination of two ‘Haqimi’ through a quick counter-attack when Haqimi Azim Rosli’s pass was blocked by Haiqal Haqeemi Hairi to beat Van Binh for the second time in the 70th minute.
Substitute Haykal Danish Mohd Haizon continued to add to Vietnam’s misery with Malaysia’s third goal after taking advantage of a mistake by the Vietnamese defense that slipped in the 87th minute.
Waiting for Hassan Sazali Waras’ men in the final will be either the five -time champions, Thailand or Laos who will make the calculations at the same venue, at 9 tonight.
The third place match will take place in the afternoon while the final will take place in the evening at the Patriot Chandrabhaga Stadium, this Friday.
Credit Photo : Uwais Qarni / Sportflex Malaysia