Myan­mar U19s miss AFF semis a er Thai­land paves way for Aus­tralia

The Myanmar Times - - Sport - KYAW ZIN HLAING kyawz­inhlaing@mm­

THE Myan­mar U19s team’s seem­ingly charmed Asian Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion Cham­pi­onship cam­paign came to a sour end yes­ter­day af­ter a draw against Thai­land left the White An­gels with a third-place group stage fin­ish.

The U19 squad’s two wins weren’t enough to book their ticket to the semi-fi­nal, as a dam­ag­ing 3-0 loss to Aus­tralia and a draw against Laos left them with only eight points, four be­hind sec­ond-place fin­ish­ers Aus­tralia. Myan­mar opened the tour­na­ment with a 3-2 win over In­done­sia, and also de­feated Cam­bo­dia 3-0.

Rid­ing the mo­men­tum of the lat­ter vic­tory on Septem­ber 18, the White An­gels were hop­ing for a bet­ter out­come against their main tour­na­ment ri­vals, but man­aged just one goal in a 1-1 draw Thai­land. Aus­tralia, mean­while, de­feated Laos 2-1, clinch­ing the fi­nal semi-fi­nal slot.

The White An­gels hopes of ad­vanc­ing were still alive at the half on the strength of Hein Phyo Win’s 10th minute goal and with Laos lead­ing Aus­tralia by the same score.

But a sec­ond-half equaliser from Thai­land’s Su­pachai Jaided in the 59th minute and a go-ahead rally from Aus­tralia dashed the White An­gels’ dreams of a deeper run in the re­gional tour­na­ment.

To­mor­row’s semi-fi­nal matches will pit hosts Viet­nam against Aus­tralia, while Thai­land will face tour­na­ment up­starts Ti­mor-Leste, who de­feated the Philip­pines, Malaysia and Sin­ga­pore en route to their semi-fi­nal berth. The fi­nal and third-place con­so­la­tion matches will be held on Septem­ber 24.

Photo: Face­book/MFF

Thai­land de­fender Choti­pat Poomkeaw (right) avoids a tackle past Myan­mar for­ward Shwe Ko (left) dur­ing their AFF U19 group stage tie yes­ter­day. Thai­land ended atop Group B with 13 points.

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