Host Myanmar and Australia saw wins in their debuts in Group-F of the Asian U-23 qualifier at Thuwunna Stadium on July 19.
Before the match between Myanmar and Singapore, the players stood in one-minute silent tribute to fallen martyrs who were assassinated on July 19, 1947, and they wore black armbands.
Host Myanmar beat Singapore 2-0. Myanmar made some changes in the lineup against Singapore from the last friendly match against Malaysia. Midfielder Myo Ko Tun, who rested long because of ill health, returned to the lineup.
Myanmar’s first lineup included Phone Thitsar Min, Htaik Htaik Aung, Thiha Htet Aung, Hein Thiha Zaw, Hlaing Bo Bo, Yan Naing Oo, Maung Maung Lwin, Sithu Aung, Aung Kaung Marn and Aung Thu.
Both teams played the match with see-saw attacks for much of the first half. Frequent arguments occurred among the players on the pitch because of the rain. Myanmar had many goal chances during the first half.
Singapore’s goalie managed to save Aung Thu’s strong kick. Striker Aung Kaung Marn’s kick missed the target and the first half ended in a goalless draw.
In the second half, both teams geared up their front lines. In the 60th minute, striker Aung Thu got an opener for the home team. Aung Kaung Marn was sent off with two yellow cards as he clashed with the Singapore goalie in the 69th minute.
The referee sent off the Singapore goalie with a red card because the latter assaulted Aung Kaung Marn. Later Myanmar controlled the match against Singapore. Midfielder Hlaing Bo Bo added the second during stoppage time of the second half.
In the first match, Australia defeated Brunei 2-0. Australia had to struggle in the first half as Brunei’s defence was static. Both teams could get an opener in the first half. At the 52nd minute, Australia got the opener from a penalty kick. Australia added the second in the 84th minute.
Translated by Win Htut