Cambodian Colts face a daunting must-win challenge when they take on Myanmar at the Olympic Stadium today in a needle contest that will determine who follows Australia from Group B to the semifinals of the on-going AFF BIDC U-16 football Championships.
Laos and Thailand have already booked their places in the last four from the six team Group A.
With three dominant wins under their belts, the Junior Socceroos have booked their berth in the last four and complete the group formality against the winless Philippines before Cambodia and Myanmar get on to the pitch.
If at all the crowds are getting bigger for home games at all levels of competition and Monday saw another huge turnout for Cambodia’s much anticipated clash against Singapore.
Neither side managed to put the ball into the net, but the scoreless draw threw a slim life-line to Cambodia after Myanmar were devastated by the Aussie power in a 0-4 defeat.
While the victory presented Australia with a semifinal ticket without having to sweat for it, the defeat left Myanmar with a fight on their hands.
Myanmar have six points from three games to Cambodia’s four which leaves the home team with just one option: hit out or get out.
Myanmar, on the other hand, find themselves in a relatively better position in that a draw would suffice.
Meanwhile in Group A, Laos and Thailand have clear cut path to the semifinals with 10 and 9 points respectively from four matches.
Malaysia’s bid was dealt a cruel blow when the side, apparently struggling to find its best form, went down 1-3 to unfancied Timor Leste.