Thursday’s action at the AFC U-16 Championship in India saw the quarter-finalists decided in Groups B and C.
South Korea 3-0 Malaysia
Malaysia saw their title challenge come to an end after going 3-0 to South Korea in a Group C clash.
Knowing only a big win might see them advance, the South Koreans raced to a 2-0 lead inside the first 15 minutes.
Park Jeong-in opened the scoring in the fourth minute after collecting a long ball over the top from Son Jae-hyeok, and Cheon Seong-hoon converted from the penalty spot nine minutes later after being brought down inside the Malaysia box by captain Muhamad Feroz.
Aliff Haiqal came close to pulling one back for Malaysia early in the second half, but the forward couldn’t beat the keeper after being set up by Alif Safwan.
Haiqal had another opportunity to get his name on the scoreboar not long after, but this time he was off target.
With six minutes to go, the Koreans grabbed their third goal, captain Ko Jun-hee on hand to head into an empty net after Malaysia keeper Firdaus Imran failed to deal with a free-kick from the left.
Despite the victory, the South Koreans also saw their campaign come to an end, as a late Oman equaliser against Iraq saw those two countries finish in the top two places in Group C.
Oman 1-1 Iraq
A 1-1 draw between Oman and Iraq proved to be a handy result for both teams, as they each secured progress to the quarter-finals.
Iraq took the lead with eight minutes remaining in the first half after Ali Ahmed’s long ball caused enough confusion in the Oman box to enable Alaa Adnan to push the ball past goalkeeper Yousuf Al Sheyadi, allowing Mohammed Dawood to finish into an empty net.
But with time running out for Oman, Arshad Al Alawi scored a last-gasp equaliser in stoppage time, beating three defenders before finding the target from an acute angle to ensure his country’s qualification at South Korea’s expense.
Vietnam 3-1 Kyrgyztan
Vietnam made sure of their place in the quarter-finals with a 3-1 win over Kyrgyztan at Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
The Southeast Asians claimed runner-up spot in Group B behind Japan.
Kyrgyztan made the brighter start to the game and opened the scoring through a superb solo effort from Gulzhigit Alykulov in the sixth minute.
But Vietnam hit back on 20 minutes as Nguyen Khac Khiem tapped home after Nguyen Xuan Kien’s volley deflected up onto the bar and sat up nicely.
From then on Vietnam controlled most of the proceedings, although they would have to wait until the final 10 minutes to make sure of victory.
A fumbled take by goalkeeper Elgard Sychev on 80 minutes resulted in the unfortunate Emir Shigaibaev heading the ball into his own net to put Vietnam in front for the first time in the match, and they would wrap up the win with three minutes to play as Nguyen Tran Viet Cuong slotted home after receiving a low cross from the left.
Australia 0-6 Japan
Having already advanced to the quarter-finals, a relaxed and confident Japan side mauled Australia 6-0 at GMC Stadium in their final Group B game.
Soichiro Kozuki opened Japan’s account inside five minutes, and though Australia battled manfully to keep the scoreline 1-0 going into the break, the floodgates would open in the second half.
Taisei Miyashiro and Gijo Sehata added two more goals prior to the hour mark, Nagi Matsumoto added a fourth shortly after, Kozuki completed his brace in the 83rd minute and substitute Akito Tanahashi made it 6-0 with five minutes to go.