Hosts rally late to seal semifinal slot
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.