SEA Games football: Myanmar crush Vietnam to take bronze

Vietnam were down 1-4 to Myanmar in the third-place match of the men’s football event in Indonesia’s Jakarta Monday after losing to the hosts in the semifinals Saturday.

Vietnamese players seen to be down after the match with Myanmar at Gelora Bung Karno in Indonesia’s Jakarta Nov. 21, 2011 (Photo: VNExpress)

Kyaw Zeyar Win opened fire for Myanmar 35 minutes into the penultimate game at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium. The gap remained unchanged until break time.

The Myanmar side showed they were more determined to win a medal than their opponents, who were said had been already down after the semifinals.

Actually, Vietnam played aggressively in about the first 20 minutes while Myanmar relied on counter-attacks. During the time, Vietnam captain Pham Thanh Luong, who was still injured from the Saturday match, and midfielder Nguyen Trong Hoang got scoring chances but the Myanmar goalkeeper denied their efforts.

After the first 20 minutes, Myanmar held more ball possession. Then out-of-form Vietnam keeper Nguyen Tuan Manh, who replaced Tran Buu Ngoc seriously injured in the Saturday game, gave Myanmar a goal when Kyaw Zeyar Win’s free kick made the ball bounce over him.

Kyaw Ko Ko broadened the gap with a header 10 minutes after the break.

Then in the 72nd minute Vietnam midfielder Ngo Hoang Thinh made an own goal. Given with three goals conceded, Vietnam seemed to be clearly down. However, in the 84th minute, Kyaw Ko Ko again hurt them with his second goal.

Substitute defender Lam Anh Quang made a consolation goal for Vietnam at the end of the match. However, just before the final whistle, Vietnam striker Nguyen Van Quyet was sent off with his second yellow card by UAE referee Fahad Al Kassar.

The Southeast Asian Games is shortly called SEA Games.

By staff reporters from Jakarta, translated by Van Truong

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