Gold medal in question for Thailand and Myanmar

Myanmar stunned everybody on Saturday as they vanquished a favored Vietnam by 2-1 at the National Stadium to land in the finals of the 28th SEA Games football rivalry. Since, 1993 and 2007, it is the first time that Myanmar will compete the gold-medal match.

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Thitiphan Puangjan (middle) scores the second goal for Thailand.

“I would like to thank the players; they played very well today despite a lack of experience,” said a happy Kyi Lwin. In spite of the great performance for most of the time in first half, Vietnam attempted to separate a fearless Burmese back-line and were made to pay following 39 minutes, as Si Thu Aung scored from the spot after Ho Ngoc Thang was declared to have taken care of the ball in his own particular penalty territory. After the restart, Myanmar’s Kyaw Zin Phyo kept on engaging the two goalkeepers. Meanwhile, Vietnam rushed in search of an equalizer. This aim proved fruitful in the 72nd minute, Vo Huy Toan scored to reach the tie. Yet, Myanmar players did not lose hope and went ahead to grab 10 minutes time through chief Nay Lin Tun’s diverted exertion. Vietnam’s coach Toshiya Miura commented, “We played better and could have scored two, three, four – maybe even five goals. But sadly, we didn’t. That’s football.” Vietnam team now have to prepare themselves up for a third-place playoff on June 15th. On the other hand, 15th June will grant Myanmar an opportunity to make record rewarding the football gold medal for the first time since 1973 Games in Singapore. “I am very happy to score today. But now, we must concentrate on the final.” Nay Lin Tun boasted. At the point when the semi-final conflict between Thailand and Indonesia started, it just took Thailand 2 minutes to enroll their first goal. That established a particular mood of the game with Thailand commanding ownership, looking savage and developing agreeable 5-0 champs. On the other side, Rungrat Phumichantuk showed his positional ability, as he knocked in Sriyankem’s bounce back for the first objective. Indonesia partner mentor Muhammad Zein Alhadad said: “When Thailand scored the first goal, our team became unorganized because of the pressure maybe.” When a minute was left, Peerapat Notecheya arranged Chanathip Songkrasin to side-foot prior the goalkeeper and give a grand end to an eminent match for Thailand. Choketawee Promru, Thailand’s coach said: “We must go over (the final), then talk… Myanmar very strong, they run a lot.”

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