Japan's line-up featured nine new faces from quarter-final win over Indonesia as Masanaga Kageyama became the first coach in the tournament to use all 23 of his players. Saudi took the lead when Japanese goalkeeper Tomoya Wakahara disastrously fumbled the ball over the goal line after the influential Turki Al Ammar found space and sent in a low cross, just before the half-hour mark. In the final moments of the opening period, the second goal came when Khalid Al Ghannam arrived to steer a loose ball low into the net after Wakahara had saved Mansor Al Beshe's initial attempt. Japan struggled to threaten the Saudi defence in the second half. Saudi Arabia will face South Korea in the final of the AFC Under-19 Championship.