Yada­nar­bon and Ayeyawady play 1-1 draw

The Myanmar Times - - Sport - KYAW ZIN HLAING kyawz­[email protected]

Yada­nar­bon and Ayeyawady have shared the point af­ter play­ing 1-1 draw at the Myan­mar Na­tional League foot­ball match at Ba Htoo Sta­dium in Man­dalay yes­ter­day.

Man­dalay-based Yada­nar­bon, a peren­nial pow­er­house in do­mes­tic league have won four times in Myan­mar Na­tional League.

Mean­while, Ayeyawady United is one of the big teams in MNL his­tory and they have re­in­forced with both in­ter­na­tional play­ers and lo­cal play­ers for this sea­son.

That’s why their meet­ing be­came a good match last week­end.

The game was com­pet­i­tive. The vis­it­ing team Ayeyawady was lead­ing with 1-0 af­ter Zaw Lin scored in the 60th minute in the se­cond half.

Yada­nar­bon’s sub­sti­tu­tion player Myat Kaung Khant scored an equal­izer in 90+1 min­utes end­ing the play 1-1 draw.

Ac­tu­ally, host Yada­nar­bon was play­ing bet­ter than Ayeyawady in the first half but Delta boys played rough-and-tum­ble to its ri­val. That game plan had worked well and cre­ated Yada­nar­bon in dis­ar­ray.

In se­cond half, Ayeyawady United got lead­ing goal by their de­fender Zaw Lin, who has moved from Shan United to Pathein-based team dur­ing this sea­son. Zaw Lin made a per­fect header in his de­but with the new team.

Yada­nar­bon was for­tu­nate to be able made an equal­izer by Myat Kaung Khant in the 90+1 st minute.

The MNL kicked off a new sea­son on Satur­day when Yan­gon United cre­ated a hot start by de­feat­ing Han­thar­wady United 3-1 at Yan­gon United Sports Com­plex.

The 2019 Char­ity Cup cham­pion Shan United stum­bled to a dis­ap­point­ing 2-2 draw with Sa­gaing United at Monywa sta­dium. NO­VAK Djokovic knows there’s a chance he may not have played his open­ing match at the Aus­tralian Open be­fore Andy Mur­ray is out of the tour­na­ment. Per­haps even fin­ished on the tour.

Their ca­reers have long been in­ter­twined. They’re both 31 and have birth­days a week apart in May, and they’ve played each other 36 times at the elite level.

Djokovic leads those 25-11, in­clud­ing a 4-0 record in fi­nals at the Aus­tralian Open, where Mur­ray has been a five-time fi­nal­ist but never won the ti­tle.

They had a prac­tice match to­gether in Mel­bourne Park on the eve of Mur­ray’s teary news con­fer­ence Fri­day, where he re­vealed the pain from his sur­gi­cally-re­paired right hip was so bad that he’d de­cided to retire af­ter at­tempt­ing one more run at Wim­ble­don — if he can make it that far.

Mur­ray was no­tice­ably limp­ing be­tween points and only won two games in al­most two full sets, but Djokovic on Sun­day de­nied he’d taken it any eas­ier on his long-time friend. It’s not the way they op­er­ate.

“I wasn’t, no. To be hon­est, I wasn’t,” top-ranked Djokovic said. “But I did see, it was very ob­vi­ous for every­one, you didn’t need to be on court to no­tice that he’s strug­gling.

“We’ve seen so many years of Andy Mur­ray be­ing one of the fittest guys on the tour, run­ning around the court, get­ting al­ways an ex­tra ball back. I think to that ex­tent, we are kind of sim­i­lar.”

Djokovic has six Aus­tralian Open ti­tles, a record he shared with two-time de­fend­ing cham­pion Roger Fed­erer and Roy Emer­son. Djokovic and Fed­erer are on op­po­site sides of the draw, and can only meet in the fi­nal. Mur­ray is in Fed­erer’s half, but even he con­cedes he’s un­likely to get past No. 22-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut on Mon­day night.

Djokovic isn’t in ac­tion un­til Day 2, when he opens against U.S. qual­i­fier Mitchell Krueger. As win­ner of the last two ma­jors, he’s a strong con­tender to win in Mel­bourne Park again and be­come the first man with three streaks of three or more con­sec­u­tive Grand Slam cham­pi­onships.

His 14 ma­jors so far place him third be­hind 37-year-old Fed­erer (20) and 32-year-old Rafael Nadal (17), but he’s likely got more years to play on the cir­cuit.

Mur­ray’s ca­reer is ex­pected to be fin­ished in a mat­ter of months. He didn’t tally as many ti­tles as the other mem­bers of the Big Four, but he broke decades-long droughts for British men in ma­jors and at Wim­ble­don, and be­came the first player to win con­sec­u­tive sin­gles gold medals at the Olympics.

“Our tra­jec­tory to the pro­fes­sional ten­nis world was pretty much sim­i­lar,” Djokovic said. “We’ve grown to­gether play­ing ju­nior events. We played lots of epic matches in the pro­fes­sional cir­cuit (and) our games are quite alike.

“Ob­vi­ously to see him strug­gle so much and go through so much pain, it’s very sad and it hurts me as his long­time friend, col­league, ri­val.”

Djokovic said he was proud of the kind of re­la­tion­ship he and Mur­ray had fos­tered, and he was sorry to see his friend set to leave the tour.–

Photo: MNL

Ayeyawady United’s de­fender Zaw Lin (right) heads the ball into Yada­nar­bon’s net dur­ing their match of 2019 Myan­mar Na­tional League at Ba Htoo Sta­dium in Man­dalay yes­ter­day.

Photo: AP

Mur­ray wipes tears from his face dur­ing a press con­fer­ence at the Aus­tralian Open in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia on Fri­day.

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