Yangon, Myanmar — Host Myanmar and Thailand played to a 1-1 draw in a crucial Group B men’s football match at the SEA Games 2013 on Saturday night before a huge crowd at Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon.
Myanmar scored first, taking the lead in the 33rd minute on a back header from Nay Lin Tun on a freekick, and sending the home fans into a frenzy.
The host team lost midfielder Kyi Lin in the 23rd minute, a cause for concern for the Myanmar team, especially with Thailand coming close to scoring on several occasions early in the match.
Thailand would later score the equaliser, and with the game tied at 1-1, neither team could score again.
The draw leaves the two teams still at the top of the Group B standings, both having won their first two matches of the Games.
The Thais play Cambodia on Monday, while Myanmar plays Indonesia the same day.
Fans began pouring into the stadium area about 5am this morning in anticipation of the huge match, with thousands on hand by 10am.
Security officials estimated the crowd could reach 100,000 at the stadium today.
The stadium was already packed three hours prior to the beginning of the match.
In the opening game, Indonesia and Timor Leste played to a 0-0 draw.
Also, Thailand overtook Myanmar in the medal tally today, finding itself at the top of the standings at the end of the day. Myanmar had led the medal standings since the beginning of the competition until today.
The Thais now have a total of 33 golds, compared to Myanmar’s 31. Thailand also now has five more total medals than Myanmar.