Malaysia are AFF Under-16 champions

After a late equaliser, Malaysia Under-16 pulled off a victory in a penalty shootout against Indonesia to lift the cup

Malaysia have won the AFF Under-16 championship after beating Indonesia in the final.

Gatot Wahyudi’s 28th minute strike was cancelled out in the final minute of regulation time by Muhammad Shahrul Adnan who converted from the spot.

In the penalty shootout, Malaysia triumphed 3-2 in what was an epic battle from the get-go.

The Malayan Tigers were pressing for a goal early on but the wet weather was not helping them keep the ball well.

That cost them in the 28th minute when Gatot Wahyudi broke free to meet Reksa Maulana’s through ball and calmly placed the ball beyond the Malaysian custodian Haziq Nazli.

Muhammad Syazwan Salihin had a golden opportunity to equalise before the break but his effort could only slam off the bar.

In the second half, Indonesia remained very defensive with the aim of protecting their lead and with that, Malaysia had problems getting any chances upfront.

It was almost said and done for the Malaysians but Reksa missed an open goal in the 88th minute, sending the ball into the stands instead.

Seconds later, Malaysia won the penalty when  after Muhammad Najmuddin Samat was brought down in the penalty area. Shahrul made no mistake from the spot to bring the game into a penalty shootout.

Malaysia were dismal in the spot kicks as Muhammd Hafiy Haikal Ismail, Muhammad Ghaffar Abdull Rahman and Ali Imran Alimi couldn’t score with Indonesian goalkeeper Panggih Sembodho on form between the posts.

After five shots each, it was tied at 2-2 with Mahir Djamoeddin, Reksa Maulana and Asnawi Bahar missing terribly.

In sudden death, Gatot failed to convert from the spot but the Malaysian custodian stepped up to score with an audacious chip.

At the end of the night, Malaysia lifted the AFF Under-16 trophy with a 3-2 scoreline after penalties.

Australia and Vietnam played out the third and fourth placing to draw at fulltime but the Aussies were victorious in a shootout, winning 7-6.