Yangon beat Maziya but fail to advance

Yangon United held on for a 3-2 victory over Maziya in the AFC Cup on Wednesday, though it was not enough to secure their passage into the last 16.

The Burmese side were effectively eliminated from the competition as a result of South China’s 3-0 win over Mohun Bagan, which relegated them to third place in Group G – one point behind the side from Hong Kong – despite the three points they earned on the day.

In a goal-filled encounter, Marcelo Fernandes handed Yangon the lead in the 19th minute, before captain Asadhulla Abdulla equalised for the visitors seven minutes after the break.

Yangon took full control of the match as Lin Kyi and Zaw Min Tun both scored within 12 minutes of each other, and then hung on for the win despite Easa Ismail pulling one back for Maziya seven minutes from time.

The opening goal for the hosts came courtesy of a wonderfully worked move, as David Htan was picked out in the box with a pinpoint pass, allowing him to cut the ball inside for Fernandes, who stroked the ball into the back of the net.

Mayiza came out firing after the half-time break, and were soon rewarded for their efforts, as a lucky deflection off a Yangon defender fell fortuitiously to Abdulla, who beat the goalkeeper with a well-placed shot to his right.

But that goal only served to spur Yangon into action, and they were back in front within minutes as a miscued clearance allowed the hosts to stay on the attack and create some space for Kyi Lin, who fired the ball into the net from the edge of the area.

Twelve minutes later, the hosts had their third as Kyi Lin beat his marker on the outside before squaring the ball into the center of the box, allowing Zaw Min Tun to come up from behind and stroke the ball home.

There was some late drama as a well worked move from the left allowed Ismail to pull one back for the visitors, but they could not find an equaliser in the final seven minutes.

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