Myanmar’s final group match against Malaysia will now undoubtedly be a major spectacle after the hosts sealed a comprehensive 3-1 win over Cambodia earlier today.
The victory effectively puts them level on points with Malaysia, meaning that the winner of Saturday’s game will join Thailand in the knock-out stages of the competition.
Cambodia went into the game as underdogs despite their resounding showing against Malaysia over the weekend. But somehow, they managed to carry their form into the game as Sos Suhana opened the scoring on the 14th minute, after an excellent assist from Chan Vathanaka.
It didn’t take long for Myanmar to bounce back though, especially since they were buoyed by a boisterous home support. Zaw Min Tun found the back of the net on the 36th minute to make it 1-1, before scoring his second goal of the night merely five minutes before half time, to grant Myanmar a 2-1 lead.
After the break, Myanmar continued pressing high up the pitch and it eventually resulted in their third goal. This time around, Aung Thu found the back of the net with a sensational strike to make it 3-1 in Yangon.
Cambodia did attempt to muster a late comeback, but Myanmar’s comfortable lead allowed them to play with more freedom on the pitch, and they dictated everything till the end of the match.
While three points comes as a good news, the entire Myanmar squad will now switch its attention towards Saturday, when they host a wounded Malaysian side in what will certainly be a cracking affair.