Singapore Young Lions lose to Myanmar
Myanmar beat host nation Singapore 2-1 at the Jalan Besar Stadium to go top of the group.
The Young Lions now have to beat Cambodia on Monday (June 8) and Indonesia on Thursday (June 11) to ensure they advance in the competition.
The Young Lions first fell behind to the high-pressing visitors in the 24th minute, when captain Tun Nay Lin stole in at the back-post to tap in an in-swinging free-kick.
Spurred on by the 7,500-odd crowd, half of whom were Myanmar fans, Singapore equalised through Faris Ramli's penalty in the 33th minute. This came after Shakir Hamzah's teasing cross was handled in the area by defender Phyo Ko Ko Thein.
The two teams exchanged good chances in the second half, with Singapore midfielder Pravin Guanasagaran's piledriver sailing inches wide of the post.
Myanmar regained the lead through somewhat bizarre circumstances on the hour mark. Ye Ko Oo's free-kick from 30 metres out took an awkward final bounce over the flailing legs of goalkeeper Syazwan Buhari.
Aide Iskandar's men - who have three points from two games - next face Cambodia on Monday, while Myanmar square off against win-less Philippines a day earlier.
Myanmar went ahead in the 24th minute when its captain Tun Nay Lin tapped in a free-kick.
Faris Ramli drew things level nine minutes later with a penalty, but Myanmar regained the lead in the second half with a direct free-kick.
Even though the match was played in Singapore, just under half of the 7,500 fans at the stadium were from Myanmar.
Read the full report in our print edition on June 5
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