November 20, 2017

Myanmar misses final in 2017 AFF Futsal Championship

Thailand (black) and Myanmar (red)  struggle for the ball at Phu Tho Indoor Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City yesterday. Photo: MFF
Thailand (black) and Myanmar (red) struggle for the ball at Phu Tho Indoor Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City yesterday. Photo: MFF

Myanmar missed the chance to go to the finals of the AFF Futsal Championship 2017 by losing to a world-class Thailand team by a score of 3-8 outcome in yesterday‘s semifinal at Phu Tho Indoor Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam yesterday.
Both teams played carefully at the start, and the Myanmar defence seemed to be too strong for Thai’s strikers to score an opening goal.
But Myanmar eventually made a mistake in their defense and Thailand was able to break the deadlock off a quick counter from Nawin Rattanawongswa in the early minutes.
Four minutes later, Thailand’s Muhammad Osamanmusa doubled their advantage with Captain Nattavut Madyalan providing the corner.
Myanmar’s players played stronger in the second half. Just a minute in, Pyae Phyo Maung, the most prolific scorer of this tourney, stroked in a goal by passing the Thai defence of Kanison Poophun.
But Thailand continued pressing Myanmar and showed the large difference in talent between the two teams, adding further goals by Madyalan at 26 minutes and 27 minutes, Osamanmusa at 28 minutes, Peerapol Satsue at 34 minutes, Chaivat Jamgrajang at 36 minutes and Weerasak Srichai at the 40-minute mark.
Myanmar went into damage control mode with two other goals by Nyein Min Soe at 27-minute mark and a a score by Chaivat into his own net at the 40-minute mark. Myanmar will play against Vietnam for the third place tomorrow at the same stadium. —KyawZin Lin

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