THE Myanmar national football team suffered a 4-1 loss to China’s national football team in a friendly match, which took place yesterday at a stadium in Langfang, China.
As the match was held to help prepare the teams for upcoming international tournaments, both teams used unlimited player substitutions to test their abilities.
Led by head coach Miodrag Radulovic, team Myanmar lined up with star players, including keeper Kyaw Zin Htet, defenders David Htan and Nanda Kyaw, midfielders Maung Maung Lwin and Si Thu Aung, and striker Aung Thu in the first half. Guided by former Italian star footballer Marcello Lippi, team China gave strong competition to team Myanmar, scoring four consecutive goals in the first half.
Myanmar displayed a lack of coordinated play in the beginning. China mainly relied on fast and high ball deliveries, but Myanmar got better understanding and began using counterattacks 30 minutes into the game. The first half ended with a score of 4-0.
The second half was dominated by team Myanmar, with all substituted players: Kyaw Ko Ko, Win Naing Soe, Thein Than Win, Kyaw Zin Lwin, Than Paing, Sua Lamang, Kyi Lin, Zaw Lin, Pyae Phyo Zaw, Kaung Si Thu, and youth keeper Kyaw Zin Phyo.
In the early minutes of the second half, Myanmar got their first goal off a header by Zaw Min Tun over a cross ball from teammate Thein Than Win.
After the goal, Myanmar kept up the attack, but China’s defense was stable enough to clear every chance of Myanmar. The match finished with a score of 4-1 in favour of China. The match benefited both teams, helping them gain experience ahead of upcoming tourneys. Myanmar will next take on Mongolia on 5 September in the World Cup qualifiers, while China will meet the Maldives team in an international match.