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Young Socceroos lift AFF U-18 Championship

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Lachlan Brook hit a late match-winner as the Young Socceroos secured the 2019 AFF U-18 Championship title with a 1-0 victory over Malaysia.

Adelaide United forward Brook broke the deadlock in the 79th minute with a delicate finish over Malaysian goalkeeper Firdaus Iman Mohd Fadhil.

It is Australia’s fifth crown at the tournament having won the trophy in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2016.

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Gary van Egmond’s side had also fallen 3-0 to the Southeast Asian country in their group stage encounter last week.

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“On top of that and it being a final, we were really hungry to show that we are a better side,” Brook told aseanfootball.org post-match.

“And with the display we put on today I think we showed that.”

Australia started the better of the two sides in the early stages with Sydney FC attacker Marco Tilio and Central Coast Mariners livewire Dylan Ruiz-Diaz threatening the Malaysian goal.

Ruiz-Diaz came close with a superb free kick after the interval, while the Australian defence was tested by efforts from Muhammed Firdaus Kaironnisam and Hakim Shamsudin.

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