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Vietnam to face Indonesia in youth championship semifinal

Saturday, February 23, 2019, 14:51 GMT+7
Vietnam to face Indonesia in youth championship semifinal
Vietnamese players (white) play at the 2019 ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) U-22 Youth Championship on February 22, 2019. Photo: Phuong Nghi / Tuoi Tre

One day after completing the group-stage of the 2019 ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) U-22 Youth Championship as Group A leaders, Vietnam saw Indonesia becoming their semifinal opponents after the young Merah Putih defeated hosts Cambodia 2-0 in the last Group B game on Friday afternoon.

Young star Marinus Mariyanto scored both goals for Indonesia in the 19th and 83rd minutes, sending Indonesia to the semifinals as Group B second-finishers. Despite the defeat, Cambodia still advanced as Group B leaders.

Indonesia will face Vietnam, who clinched top spot in Group A after a 0-0 draw with Thailand on Thursday, in the semifinal match on Sunday afternoon.

In the other semifinal match the same day, Cambodia will take on Thailand.

The 2019 AFF U-22 Youth Championship is the first edition of an under-22 tournament in Southeast Asia, with the previous edition being an under-23 tourney.

It runs from February 17 to 26 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and is contested by eight teams.

The young Golden Stars started their U-22 campaign with a 2-1 triumph over the Philippines on Sunday before routing Timor Lester 4-0 on Tuesday.

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