Hosts rally late to seal semi­fi­nal slot

The Myanmar Times - - Sport - CAROLYN PLIQUET pli­quet­carolyn@gmail.com

GOAL down in the first minute, Myan­mar fought back gamely be­fore ral­ly­ing bril­liantly to slot two goals late in the sec­ond half against Viet­nam and book a place in the semi­fi­nals of the 2017 AFF U-18 Cham­pi­onship last night.

Played at the Thuwunna Sta­dium in front of a full house, Myan­mar showed great pluck and de­ter­mi­na­tion and cheered on by a par­ti­san crowd af­ter that early set­back, grad­u­ally clawed their way back into the match be­fore going on to as­sert them­selves and turn the ta­bles on their more fan­cied rivals.

Ngyuyen Hong Son had given Viet­nam a shock lead in­side the first minute of play and the vis­i­tors clung on to the ad­van­tage un­til half time. It was a rough pas­sage of play as both teams tack­led hard as Myan­mar went in search for the equaliser.

Four play­ers were shown yel­low cards – Myan­mar de­fender Aung Wunna Soe and cap­tain Soe Moe Kyaw, in the first half, while Viet­namese de­fender Mai Sy Hoang and Myan­mar’s Lwin Moe Aung saw yel­low in the sec­ond half of the match.

Myat Kaung Khant equalised for Myan­mar in the 73rd minute from a free kick and sub­sti­tute mid­fielder Lwin Moe Aung scored the win­ning goal in the 86th minute.

In an­other match played ear­lier yes­ter­day In­done­sia thumped Brunei 8-0 to go top of Group B.

In­done­sia will play Thai­land in the semi­fi­nals while Myan­mar meet Malaysia who topped Group A.

Both semi­fi­nals will take place to­mor­row.

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