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Myanmar suffer 0-1 defeat to Malaysia in AFF Cup 2022 opener

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Myanmar striker Nanda Kyaw (red) attempts to get the ball against the Malaysian player during their opener of the AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup 2022 Group B at Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon on 21 December 2022.  PHOTO: MFF

Myanmar national football team faced a 0-1 loss against Malaysia team in the opening match of the AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup 2022 Group B played at Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon yesterday. Myanmar head coach Antione Hey used his reliable players: Hein Htet Aung, Aung Kaung Mahn and Maung Maung Lwin while Malaysian team head coach Kim Pan-gon responded the team Myanmar’s attack with a strong squad.
In the first half of the game, the Myanmar team played well, but Malaysian defenders blocked the attacks of Hein Htet Aung and Aung Kaung Mahn.
The Malaysian team also put pressure on the Myanmar team with the penetrations of the number 7 striker Mohamed Heisa. In the 40th minute of the game, Myanmar captain Maung Maung Lwin was injured and had to be replaced by Ye Yint Aung.
In the second half, both teams played against each other, and in the 51st minute of the game, striker Mohamed Haisa scored the leading goal for the Malaysian team.
After that, the Myanmar team added four new players, increased the attack speed, and played all the way to score an equalizer, but the Malaysian team’s goalkeeper and the protectors were able to defend the best.
In the 89th minute of the game, a Malaysian team player was fouled for a handball in the penalty area. Win Naing Tun took the penalty, but the Malaysian team’s goalkeeper was able to save it, and the Myanmar team lost the opportunity to score an equalizer, and at the end of the game, they lost by 0-1.
Myanmar will play against Singapore as their second group match on 24 December 2022. — KZL

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