Myanmar earns semifinal spot in SEA Games with victory over Brunei

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A crowd in Mahabandoola Park in Yangon watches the Myanmar/Brunei football match on a large outdoor screen. Photo: GNLM/Phoe Khwar

Myanmar’s football team continued their stellar play at the 2017 SEA Games with a decisive 6-0 win over Brunei Darussalam yesterday at UiTM Shah Alam Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.
The victory over Brunei was Myanmar’s third straight win in Group A play and assures them of a semifinal berth.
Myanmar showed itself to be the superior team from the start of yesterday’s match, scoring the first goal at the 23-minute mark by striker Aung Thu, who kicked the ball straight into the net past Brunei’s goalkeeper.
The opening goal seemed to give Myanmar confidence, as Myanmar’s star Si Thu Aung scored the second goal at 40 minutes.
After a relatively quiet start in the second half, Myanmar jumped back into action as Aung Kaung Mann scored Myanmar’s third and fourth goals at the 73rd and 85th minute marks.
Mg Mg Lwin and Than Paing, who showed great tactics at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand, scored the fifth and sixth goals, respectively, for Myanmar just before the game’s finish, resulting in thunderous applause from the sizable Myanmar crowd at UiTM stadium.
Myanmar remained very much in control of not only the match but also their bid to win the SEA Games gold after finishing as runners-up in 2015.
Myanmar will play against host Malaysia on Sunday to decide Group A’s top team.

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Myanmar’s Aung Thu carries the ball by passing the Brunei defenders at the UiTM Shah Alam Stadium in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. Photo:MFF

 

Kyaw Zin Lin

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