BANGKOK (Jan 29, 2002) – Myanmar booked their place in the last four after defeating Indonesia 2-0 in their final AFF Under-20 Group B preliminary match here today.
Yan Paing, the 19 year-old university student from Yangon, claimed both goals for Myanmar. He scored the first in the 11th minute and slotted in penalty in the 38th minute.
The three points from this win helped Myanmar take over the second spot from Singapore which had six points from four ties. Myanmar started the game in third place with four points but were up to seven when the referee blew to end the game.
The early goal unsettled the Indonesians and they found it difficult to get pass the stout Myanmar defence.
The Indonesians came back a little stronger after the break but found that it wasn’t going to be their day.
Myanmar made several good moves but eventually failed in their attempts.
Myanmar manager, U Maung Win, said: “I’m not too impressed with my team’s performance. We allowed Indonesia to play possession football and we missed several chances.”
Bernhard Schumm, the Indonesian coach, praised his players despite the defeat. “Never mind the results. Don’t forget we played two matches in 24 hours and I’ve complaints from my players.
“We gave them a good fight and walked off the field with our heads held high.”