Published on Monday, 26 November 2012 06:52
Myanmar midfielder controls a ball against Vietnamese player. (Photo-AFF)
Qualifiers Myanmar and 2008 champions Vietnam fought out a 1-1 draw at the 2012 Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup at the rain-hit Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok on November 24.
The result was a big boost for Myanmar, and a setback for Vietnam. Heavy rains and lightning delayed the start of the match and bogged down the players.
The 2008 champions started putting pressure on Myanmar, aiming to grab three points ahead of their match against the Philippines. Despite Vietnam having ball possession for most of the game, Myanmar managed to test goalkeeper Hong Son with counter-attacks.
Myanmar produced evidence of the threat they posed six minutes into the game when Kyi Lin capitalised on a mispass from a Vietnamese player and sent a superb shot from just outside the penalty box. Goalkeeper Hong Son was beaten but the ball went just wide of the bar.
At 18 minutes, five Vietnamese players could not repel two Myanmar players from breaking through the defence line with in-form striker Kyi Lin again racing down the right wing and setting up an opportunity for his team-mates. Fortunately for Vietnam, a defender managed to deflect the ball in the box.
Vietnam dominated the game and attacked all the time, but the rain affected their performance.
Six minutes later, Thanh Luong fired a quick shot from outside the box and Myanmar’s goalkeeper Thiha Sithu dived in time to save the ball.
Vietnam broke the stalemate in the 34th minute when Thanh Luong set up from the left-wing a free kick for Tan Tai to head the ball into the net.
But after the break, Myanmar bounced back with young gun Kyi Lin scoring from a penalty in the 52nd minute after being brought down in the goal area by Nguyen Minh Duc.
Vietnam came close to breaking the deadlock in the 68th minute when substitute Nguyen Quang Hai swivelled and fired a powerful shot that hit the bar.
Both sides went flat out in a desperate search for the winner but although Vietnam twice came close to scoring in the dying minutes, Myanmar held on for a commendable draw.