Yangon — Myanmar pulled out a hard-fought 3-1 win over Timor Leste with two late goals in an exciting SEA Games 2013 Group B match on Monday evening.
The Timor Leste team performed much better than in their last outing against Thailand two days ago, as they kept Myanmar from taking an early lead.
The match was played in front of some 20,000 raucous fans, host Myanmar missed a chance to take the lead in the third minute when they took advantage of a defensive mistake by Timor to get off a shot, but it sailed off target.
Some six minutes later, however, Myanmar captain Kyaw Zayar blasted in a freekick that beat Timor Leste goalkeeper Ramos Manxances, to give the hosts the lead.
Four minutes later Ramos stopped a freekick from Zayar Win that was headed in by Aung Zaw.
Following the string of near misses, Timor Leste striker Jairo Neto toe-poked in the equalizer in the 37th minute, after having his earlier header blocked by Myanmar keeper Pyae Phyo Aung.
With the match tied 1-1 at the break, Timor Leste nearly took the lead in the second half with Thiago’s freekick, but Phyo Aung made a scrambling save.
Finally, in the 72nd minute, Kyi Lin was fouled by Paulo Martins inside the box, and Ko Ko easily scored from the spot, giving Myanmar the lead.
Kyi Lin made goal number three with an excellent shot past Ramos, said reports.
Myanmar picked up their second full points from two matches, and are at the top of the Group B standings.
Myanmar coach Park Sung-hwa said, “Six points from the first two matches were what we expected”.
“Now we will have a few days rest in preparation for the next two tough games.”
Timor coach Emerson Alcantara noted, “the penalty turned the game around. I thought that we were competitive up to that point.”