BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter
Malaysia U16 kept their semifinal hopes alive in the 2016 U16 AFF Championship, after beating Singapore U16 2-0 with ten men on Thursday.
In the Group A match that was held at the Army Stadium in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Malaysia's first goal was scored by Aiman Zaidi through a freekick in the 15th minute. Although the Young Tigers then lost Faris Zabri to a straight red card in the 32nd minute, they kept their cool and even added their second through Izreen Izwandy's goal in the 70th minute.
The result meant P. Somasundram's boys are now level on four points with Myanmar, who were trounced by Vietnam 5-1, and Australia, who demolished the Philippines with a 7-0 scoreline.
Malaysia, Myanmar and Australia are now vying for the second place in the group, with high-flying group leaders Vietnam's lead nigh unassailable, nine points with two matches left for them to play in the group.
2016 U16 AFF Championship Group A standings after round 3. Source: Wikipedia
This means that Malaysia must win both their remaining group matches; against Myanmar on Saturday and Australia on Monday, to ensure a second place finish in the group and a spot in the semi-finals. Apart from their respective matches against Malaysia, Myanmar have only the Philippines while Australia have Singapore left to play in the group.