Zaw Min Tun brace leads Myanmar past Cambodia

Myanmar claimed their first win of the AFF Championship group stage on Wednesday after securing a 3-1 victory over Cambodia in Yangon.

Cambodia 1 Myanmar 3
Myanmar clinical against Cambodia
Souhana puts Cambodia in front early
Zaw Min Tun double turns the tide
Aung Thu puts result beyond doubt

Match Summary

Cambodia looked good in the opening exchanges and took the lead deservedly through Sos Souhana, but the scores were level again in the 35th minute when Zaw Min Tun headed home.

Min Tun completed his brace in the 40th minute to give Myanmar the lead, and the result was secured for the White Angels in the 56th minute when Aung Thu found the back of the net.

Full Report

Both Myanmar and Cambodia were looking for their first group-stage wins of the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup when they clashed at Thuwanna YTC Stadium on Wednesday.

The Kouprey Blue made an ideal start to the clash as they took the lead in the 14th minute. A long-ball down the left channel found Chan Vathanaka, who drew out the goalkeeper before cutting the ball back for Sos Souhana to tap home with ease.

Cambodia continued putting pressure on Myanmar and created a few good chances. Prak Mony Udom played a one-two that put him through on goal, but his volley was way off target before Souhana easily beat the last defender only to hit a shot weakly at the goalkeeper.

However, in the 35th minute the tide started to turn as Myanmar levelled matters. Nanda Kyaw sent a free kick into the box and Zaw Min Tun had the simplest of headers that he placed beyond the goalkeeper for 1-1.

The White Angels then took the lead for the first time five minutes before the break. A corner kick from Kyaw picked out Zaw Min Tun again and he headed home with confidence after being afforded acres of space to run onto the ball from deep.

The second half was a much more reserved affair with far fewer goal-scoring opportunities. However, in the 56th minute Myanmar stamped their authority on the game with a third goal.

A pass took a wicked deflection off a Cambodian defender and fell kindly for Aung Thu who pounced on the loose ball before hammering home a shot from close range to secure the victory.

Myanmar were comfortable in the lead in the last 20 minutes and enjoyed a decent share of the possession, while Cambodia couldn’t quite find the inspiration to get themselves back into the game.