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SEA Games Women’s Football: Myanmar wins Philippines 1-0 with late penalty

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Myanmar’s Win Theingi Tun (red) looks into space to send the ball forward during the Group A match of the SEA Game Women’s Football event held at Army Stadium in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on 3 May 2023. PHOTO: MFF

Myanmar women’s football team thrashed the ASEAN powerhouse Philippines 1-0 with a late penalty score of Win Theingi Tun at the opener of the Cambodian SEA Games Women’s Football tourney held at Army Stadium in Phnom Penh yesterday.
The starting line-up of team Myanmar includes goalkeeper Myo Ma Ma Nyein, Mo Ma Ma Soe, Zune Yu Ya Oo, Phyu Phyu Win, Naw Htet Htet Wai, Win Theingi Tun, San Thaw Thaw, Khin Mo Mo Tun, Captain Khin Marlar Tun, July Kyaw, and May Thet Mon Myint.
Since the kick-off, the Myanmar team has been able to pressurize the opponent’s players, who have a stronger body structure.
With tactical play, Myanmar strikers frequently penetrated the Filipinos’ defence line via the middle lane.
However, due to the skilful clearing of the ball by the Filipino back players, team Myanmar had only a few possession kicks in the goal line of the rivals.
In the later minutes, team Philippines pressured Myanmar with a counter-attacking style.
Both teams played a penetrating attack and the first half ended 0-0.
In the second half, both teams became more offensive, and the Myanmar fans saw a breathtaking game.
At the 88-minute mark, the Myanmar team had a chance to score a goal, but the defender of the Philippines cleared the ball vigorously in the goal line, and the referee awarded a penalty kick to team Myanmar.
Myanmar’s veteran player Win Theingi Tun took that penalty kick and scored the winning goal by sending the ball into the upper right corner of the opponent’s goalie.
In the final minutes, the Filipino players played more aggressively for the equalizer, but the whole Myanmar team played smartly and managed to win 1-0.
Myanmar bagged three points in the SEA Games opener after beating the Philippines.
Team Myanmar will play a second Group A match against Viet Nam on 6 May (3:30 pm Myanmar Standard Time). — KZL

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