There were big wins for Japan and Oman – and a shock loss for Australia – in Friday’s action at the 2016 AFC U-16 Championship in India.
Australia 0-1 Kyrgyztan
There was a big shock in Group B as tournament debutants Kyrgystan upset Australia 1-0.
The victory came courtesy of a 75th-minute penalty after Gulzhigit Borbubaev was brought down inside the area.
Adilet Kanybekov was the youngster who stepped up and fired it past Joeys’ goalkeeper Nicholas Suman to give Kyrgyztan a lead they would not relinquish.
Kyrgyzstan keeper Elgard Sychev also did his bit late in the first half by denying Louis D’Arrigo what looked like a certain goal with a stunning save from close range.
Australia went in search of an equaliser after going behind but they could not find a way to penetrate the Kyrgyztan defence in the last 15 minutes.
“Obviously, it was very disappointing from our point of view,” said Australia coach Tony Vidmar. “We were poor in possession and had no intention to go forward as positively as we can. Defensively we were reactive and that allowed our opponents to play forward and make it difficult for us.
“The way we played was so not our game. We deserved to get nothing from this game, and full credit to our opponents.
Korea Republic 1-2 Iraq
There was success for Iraq as they kicked off their campaign with a 2-1 win over Korea Republic in their Group C opener.
The Koreans took the lead a few minutes before half-time but only have themselves to blame for the defeat after going on to concede two penalties, both of which were slotted home by Muntadher Mohammed.
Jeong Chan-young put Korea Republic in front in the 43rd minute, only for Mohammad to level from the penalty spot right on the stroke of half-time after Kim Min-hyeok was judged to have handled in the box.
Kim Tae-hwan then brought down Mohammed inside the box a few minutes into the second half, allowing the number six to step up once again and score what would turn out to be the match winner.
“Iraq have a strong side – we did our best but the boys were a little bit nervous,” Korea Republic coach Seo Hyo-won told the-afc.com.
“The penalty just before half-time was one of the reasons the game changed, but we now have to learn something from this match. This is a youth tournament and we need to learn. We’ll now prepare well for the next match,”
Malaysia 0-3 Oman
Oman had too much firepower for Malaysia in their Group C clash, running out deserved 3-0 winners.
Malaysia conceded a penalty midway through the first half, allowing Arshad Al Alawi to bury the ball in the net and give Oman a 1-0 lead at the break.
There was yet another penalty just before the hour mark as a clever run from Al Shajibi saw the Oman forward brought down inside the area. Yousuf Al Malki stepped up this time and made it 2-0.
Twelve minutes from time, Al Alawi made sure of all three points with a well-taken goal after racing through the Malaysian defence.
Japan 7-0 Vietnam
There was a thumping 7-0 victory for Japan over Vietnam in the final match of the day in Group B.
Takefusa Kubo started the rout in the 15th minute, before captain Shimpei Fukuoka made it 2-0 before the half hour mark.
Taisei Miyashiro then scored arguably the goal of the match, a superb left-footed strike from range, to make it 3-0 after the break.
It did not get any better for Vietnam after the break. Kubo and Fukuoka both added second goals to their individual tallies, while Takumu Kemmotsu and Hirota Yamada got their names on the scoresheet as well.