Myanmar shock Vietnam 2-1 to book place in football final

Myanmar’s Ye Ko Oo celebrates as they booked a surprise berth in the SEA Games football final after a 2-1 victory over Vietnam at the National Stadium on Saturday afternoon. - PHOTO: SINGAPORE SEA GAMES ORGANISING COMMITTEE / ACTION IMAGES VIA REUT
Myanmar’s Ye Ko Oo celebrates as they booked a surprise berth in the SEA Games football final after a 2-1 victory over Vietnam at the National Stadium on Saturday afternoon. - PHOTO: SINGAPORE SEA GAMES ORGANISING COMMITTEE / ACTION IMAGES VIA REUTERS 

SINGAPORE - Myanmar booked a surprise berth in the SEA Games football final after a 2-1 victory over Vietnam at the National Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Despite all the early pressure from the favourites Vietnam, it was Myanmar who took the lead in the 38th minute via a penalty after Ho Ngoc Thuang was adjudged to have handled the ball in the area. Si Thu Aung stepped up and dispatched the spot-kick into the back of the net for his fifth goal of the Games.

Vo Huy Toan equalised for Vietnam in the 71st minute when he was on hand to tap the ball into the net after Myanmar goalkeeper Phyo Kyaw Zin had initially palmed away an effort from inside the area.

With the momentum in their ranks, the Vietnamese poured forward in search of the winning goal but it was the White Angels who would deliver the sucker-punch.

In the 78th minute, captain Nay Lin Tun dribbled down the right channel and unleashed a shot which took a deflection before dipping over Vietnam custodian Phi Minh Long into the net.

Myanmar, who beat hosts Singapore 2-1 and have been unbeaten so far in the competition, will face the winners of the second semi-final between Indonesia and Thailand in the final on Monday.

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