AFF Suzuki Cup: Myanmar, Viet Nam match ends in draw

Myanmar’s striker Aung Thu(red) tries to break through Viet Nam’s defence at the AFF Suzuki group match at Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon on 19 November. Photo:MFF
Myanmar’s striker Aung Thu(red) tries to break through Viet Nam’s defence at the AFF Suzuki group match at Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon on 19 November. Photo:MFF

The clash between Myanmar and Viet Nam ended with a 0-0 draw at the ASEAN Football Federation’s (AFF) Suzuki Cup 2018 group play match at the Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon yesterday.
Myanmar lined up with Goalkeeper Kyaw Zin Htet, Zaw Min Htun,Nanda Kyaw, Soe Moe Kyaw, Win Moe Kyaw, Hlaing Bo Bo, Lwin Moe Aung, Htet Phyo Wai, Si Thu Aung, Maung Maung Lwin, and Aung Thu. Team Myanmar was led by head coach Antoine Hey.
Both teams played energetically from the kickoff, and the scoreless result indicates their defence lines were strong. Both teams went all out to score, but the indecision of the strikers cost them goals at yesterday’s match.
Myanmar dominated the first half, getting more goal chances than Viet Nam. Myanmar’s Aung Thu and Maung Maung Lwin’s passes and shots drove the crowds into a frenzy. Myanmar missed a goal chance at the 45-minute-mark as Aung Thu’s free kick slipped a bit near the goal bar. The first half ended 0-0. Viet Nam were better with their tactical changes in the second half. Myanmar’s Aung Thu, Hlaing Bo Bo, and Maung Maung Lwin again threatened Viet Nam’s defence line in the early minutes of the second half. Viet Nam returned the attack with speedy play, but Myanmar’s midfielders and defenders soured Viet Nam’s chances.
The match became more exciting as the clock ticked closer to the end, with both teams trying to score the opening goal. But neither scored.
In the last group match, Myanmar will play Malaysia next on 24 November.—Lynn Tit (Tgi)

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