Malaysia beat Mongolia 2-0 in their final AFC U23 Championship Group H qualifier at Supachalasai Stadium in Bangkok on Sunday.
The result leaves Malaysia with a mathematical chance of qualifying for next year's Finals in China depending on results.
From the start, Malaysia looked good as Muhammad Akhyar Rashid came close to breaking the deadlock in the opening minutes of the match.
Mongolia seemed to choose to defend more and used a counter-attacking game. They had a slight chance in the 25th minute when Bilguun Damdindorj's free-kick went wide.
The first half ended goalless with Malaysia looking in charge as Mongolia looked to catch them on the break.
The opening goal for Malaysia was scored in the 40th minute when N. Thanabalan found the net to put his side 1-0 up.
Malaysia continued pressing and were rewarded in the 85th minute when Syazwan Zaipol Bahari scored to hand his side the 2-0 victory.
The result puts Malaysia on top of Group H on six points while Thailand finished second with five points followed by Indonesia on four after the sides drew 0-0 in the later game on Sunday.
Group F: Singapore 4-1 Brunei
Singapore downed Brunei 4-1 in their final Group F match of the AFC U-23 Championship qualifying campaign at Thuwana Stadium in Yangon.
Both teams had already been eliminated from qualifying prior to the match.
In the 14th minute, Singapore opened the scoring – Ikhsan Fandi Ahmad handing his side their first goal of the event.
Mohamad Hanafi Mohd Akbar scored number two in the 38th minute but Brunei pulled a goal back just before the halftime break through midfielder Azim Izamuddin.
In the second half, two more goals through Taufik Suparno and Ikhsan in the 87th and 90th minutes respectively handed his side the 4-1 win and a third-placed finish in the group on three points.
The group was won by Australia with nine points while Myanmar finished second on six points.