The Myanmar National League All Star team beat Leeds United, an English Football League (EFL) Championship Club, by a score of 2-1 in a friendly yesterday at Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon.
Leeds United possessed better skills and was physically superior, but the Myanmar team knew how to play Leeds United with a mix of slow and fast football play along with successful counter attacks.
Myanmar football star Si Thu Aung had the best performance in yesterday’s friendly.
The MNL All Stars made the opening goal at the 22-minute mark with a crossing pass by Si Thu Aung and goal that was headed into the goal by striker Joseph Mpande.
Leeds United then went on the attack and equalised with a penalty shot goal at the 26-minute mark by its brilliant midfielder Samuel Saiz Alonso. The ball went straight into the net as Myanmar goalkeeper Naing Zayar Tun dove the wrong way. The first half ended in a 1-1 draw. Leeds United were much better in the second half with steady play and ball delivery toward its strikers via midfielders and defenders.
But the MNL All Stars played tough and scored their second goal at 63 minutes with a penalty shot by Lyikwobe Chizora Christopher. Due in part to the hot weather in Yangon, the English players showed signs of exhaustion and couldn’t mount a successful another attack.
Leeds United will play another friendly match against Myanmar National Football team at 6 pm on 11 May at Mandalar Thiri Stadium in Mandalay. The match will be broadcast live on MRTV and MRTV Digital Sports Channel.
Lynn Thit (Tgi)