BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei, April 28 (Xinhua) -- Following their heavy defeat against Singapore, Laos made a crucial comeback from behind with a 2-1 win over Cambodia in the 6th ASEAN youth football tournament on Saturday.
In order to qualify, Laos, which was crushed by the tournament favorite Singapore 5-1 in the first game, had to collect a win.
Cambodia scored first in the 15th minute before Laos broke through Cambodia's goal-line in the second half with a long shot equalizer. Without giving up their offensive effort even in the injury time, Laos sealed the victory with a 93rd minute free kick goal, sealing a hard-fought victory of 2-1.
Laos now goes up to 2nd place in Group B while pressure will be on Cambodia, who has to grab a victory over the group leader Singapore next Monday in order to advance.
A total of seven U-22 teams from the Southeast Asian region are competing for the trophy in the biennial tournament.
Group B witnesses Laos, Cambodia and Singapore, while Brunei is in Group A with Thailand, Myanmar and Timor-Leste. The top two finishers of each group will advance to the semifinals.
The ASEAN youth football tournament was initiated by Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah back in 1997. The first tournament was won by Indonesia in 2002. Brunei beat Indonesia 2-0 in the 2012 final, but conceded the crown to Myanmar in 2014.