Young Tigers' bid of qualifying beyond the group stages officially ended after they finished third in their Group following a 1-1 draw with IndonesiaMalaysia's dreams of winning the AFF U-19 Championship came to a stuttering end yesterday, after they were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw with the host nation Indonesia. The Young Tigers needed a win in their final match against the Garudas to make it past the group stages, but could not muster a win from the match.
Aminuddin's men were the better team in the initial stages, and even took the lead via Muhammad Jafri on the 19th minute mark. However, Indonesia pushed hard and got their equalizer in the second half, as Ilham Udin fired home on the 53rd minute. Despite Malaysia's best efforts, they could not find the pivotal winner, that was needed to put them into the semi finals stage.
This result comes a disappointing one for the Malaysians, who were aiming to at least reach the finals of the tournament. They opened their campaign with a 1-1 draw against Myanmar, before suffering a defeat to Vietnam in the second game. However, the Young Tigers bounced back in the following game, as they defeated Thailand 2-1. They went on to thrash Brunei 5-0 in the following game, which left them on seven points in the group. The draw against Indonesia now means that they finish third in the group with eight points, while Indonesia and Vietnam qualify for the semis with 10 and 15 points respectively.Nonetheless, this tournament unearthed potential Malaysian stars, with names like Jafri Firdaus Chew and Arif Anwar impressing with their performances. They also scored a total of nine goals throughout the tournament, conceding only four, which is the lowest in the competition.