MANILA, Philippines – Matthew Custodio blasted a brace as the Philippines edged Brunei, 2-1, to seize the early lead in Group A of the Asean Football Federation Under-19 championship Saturday in Vientiane, Laos.
Blending well with Mark Anthony Winhoffer, Custodio scored a double within a 10-minute span in the first half as the Filipinos got the important cushion to post the opening-day victory.
The Pinoy booters later found themselves alone at the top of the table after host Laos and Cambodia battled to a scoreless draw in the second game to settle for one point apiece.
Phl XI braces for a tough duel with fancied Thailand on Wednesday.
After missing a good shot in the 17th, Custodio connected off a deep cross from Winhoffer in the 32nd to give Phl the headstart.
Receiving another fine delivery from the New Jersey-based Winhoffer in the 32nd, Custodio made the most of the opportunity and fired it home tomake it 2-0.
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Muhammad Abdul Mateen Said slipped through in the 55th as Brunei pulled one back but the Filipinos held on to secure the win.