THE MYANMAR U-23 national football team lost their friendly match against Viet Nam by two goals yesterday at the Viet Tri stadium in Viet Nam.
The exhibition match was held in preparation for the 2019 SEA Games.
Both teams played energetically from the start, but the Viet Nam defenders proved to be too strong for Myanmar strikers.
Myanmar lined up with Hein Phyo Win, Ye Min Thu, Ye Yint Aung, Kyaw Myo Naing, Lwin Moe Aung, Myat Kaung Khant, Win Naing Tun, Hein Htet Aung, Kyaw Thu Tun, Captain and Goalkeeper Phone Thitsar Min, and Aung Naing Win.
Team Myanmar was led by head coach Velizar Popov. The match proved to be thrilling for Viet Nam fans. In the early minutes of the first half, Myanmar launched attacks, but Viet Nam kept the possession of the ball, denying Myanmar a chance to score.
At the 14th minute, Viet Nam scored the opening goal. A kick by its striker took Myanmar keeper Phone Thitsar Min by surprise and landed the ball in the net.
Myanmar strikers tried to respond and got golden opportunities to even the score, but team Viet Nam’s keeper was too strong and was able to clear the ball and make special saves.
In the second half, team Myanmar changed its tactics. Team Viet Nam won its second goal at 75 minutes, with a neat and tidy kick which landed the ball straight into the net.
Win Naing Tun was issued a red card for rough play at 76 minutes.
Myanmar tried to equalize in the later minutes, but with just 10 players, Myanmar failed to change the result.
Although Myanmar got several chances to score, Viet Nam defenders held strong, and the match ended with a score of 2-0 in favour of Viet Nam.