With Australia rolling to their third win in a row, Thailand had to throw everything they had before they were able to beat gutsy Cambodia in Group B of the AFF Vietcombank Under-19 Championship here at the Hang Day Stadium.
In the other match that was played at the Vietnam Youth Football Training Centre, Australia beat a resilient Indonesian side 3-1 while Thailand edged Cambodia 2-1 for both teams to maintain a perfect 100% record after three games.
“I’m not happy with the performance. There was no teamwork, no commitment and no power,” said Thailand head coach Anuruck Srikerd afterwards.
“We have to be better than this. And today, Cambodia once again played really well. I really admire them for that.”
In the meantime at the Vietnam YFTC, Australia did not have to struggle too much against a resilient Indonesian side when they beat the latter 3-1 to pick up the full nine points from three matches played.
Australia’s goals were scored by Jayden Prasad in the 22nd minute, John Scott (72nd minute) and Mario Shabow (88th) while Indonesia’s lone goal came off Bagas Nugroho’s penalty in the 35th minute.
In the final game of the evening at the Hang Day Stadium, a whopping eight goals were scored between Laos and Myamar.
Myanmar once again failed to maintain their performance throughout the 90 minutes when they faltered in the second half to allow Laos the chance for a fightback and draw the match 4-4.