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Indonesia Get Off To Winning Start at AFC U16 Championships

Matchday 2 of the AFC U16 Championships in Kuala Lumpur provided a number of enthralling and unexpected results.

Group C, which features two South-East Asian sides in the form of Indonesia and Vietnam, kicked off on Friday. The former faced group favorites Iran, looking to build on their prior success at the 2018 U16 AFF Championships back in August. After winning their first-ever regional tournament at this age level, the side was on a high and silently believed that they could replicate their success.

An excellent start to the new competition saw them pull off a surprising 2-0 victory against the West Asian giants, setting them in good stead for the rest of what is shaping up to be a very tight group.

Vietnam also came int this competition with high expectations, after their U23 Olympic Team came runners-up at the AFC U23 Championships in China back in January, and finished fourth at the Asian Games in Indonesia earlier this month.

Despite coming into the game against India as favorites, the side lost 1-0 courtesy of a penalty in the dying minutes of the game. This victory could set the South-Asian side for a hallmark tournament for the development of Indian football, but it is a devastating defeat for Vietnam as they now face an uphill battle to qualify for the knockout stages.

Elsewhere, in Group B, Oman managed a 2-0 victory over neighbors Yemen while North Korea and Jordan played out a 2-2 draw.