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Malaysia U16’s semifinal hopes in jeopardy after 2-2 draw against Philippines

Friday, 15 July 2016

Malaysia U16's hopes of qualifying for the 2016 U16 AFF Championship semifinals received a blow when they only managed a 2-2 draw against the Philippines on Tuesday.
Malaysia U16’s hopes of qualifying for the 2016 U16 AFF Championship semifinals received a blow when they only managed a 2-2 draw against the Philippines on Tuesday.

Malaysia U16’s hopes of qualifying for the 2016 U16 AFF Championship semifinals received a blow when they only managed a 2-2 draw against the Philippines on Tuesday, in Phnom Penh.

After they were thumped 3-0 by Vietnam in their Group A opener on Sunday, only a win against the Philippines on Tuesday could keep their chances open.

However things started going south for the Young Tigers even hours before the match, when 11 of their squad members had to be hospitalised due to food-poisoning. Eventually almost all of the ill players were cleared, and the match was held six hours later than scheduled.

In the match that was held at the Olympic Stadium, Alif Safwan Sallahuddin scored a brace for Malaysia in the 30th minute and the 46th minute, while Philippines’ goals were scored by Fidel Tacardon (34′) and Robert Wilson (44′).

The draw left Malaysia in the fifth spot in the six-team Group A, tied on one point with Philippines and Australia. Meanwhile group leaders Vietnam are on six points, while Myanmar are second on four points, with all the teams in the group having played two matches.

P. Somasundram’s boys now have no other choice than to collect maximum points in their remaining matches; against Singapore (July 14), Myanmar (July 16) and Australia (July 18), as only the top two teams in the group will qualify for the semi-final stage.

Source by: Goal.com

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