Back-to-back heavy defeats for Brunei

Caption: Brunei players (yellow) in action against Myanmar in their Group B match at the AFF Under-18 Championship in Yangon last night. Picture: Courtesy of Myanmar Football Federation.

Ak Fauzi Pg Salleh

THE national under-18 football team suffered back-to-back heavy defeats at the AFF Under-18 Championship after losing 7-0 to hosts Myanmar last night.

The national junior side came into the game following a demoralising 8-1 defeat to Vietnam on Thursday.

The pressure was on Brunei from the start as they looked to bounce back at the Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon.

They started well against a disciplined Myanmar side, who were looking to turn things around following their shock 2-1 defeat to Indonesia in their first match.

Myanmar opened the lead with Eant Maw Oo firing in from 25 metres out in the ninth minute to beat the Brunei goalkeeper.

The national side kept it solid at the back but in the 24th minute, they fell further behind when a cross from Myat Kaung Khant from the right was headed into goal by the unmarked Naing Ko Ko.

Brunei could not find their rhythm and Myanmar punished them again just before the break when Win Naing Tun scored the first of four goals with a cross from the left.

Naing Tun scored two goals in the space of two minutes after the interval while Ko Ko grabbed his second just three minutes later to make it 6-0.

The former completed the victory scoring his fourth and Myanmar's seventh goal of the game from the penalty spot in the 77th minute.

“We wanted to win this game so badly but after conceding the first few goals, we seem to have given up,” said Abdul Hariz Herman as quoted on the AFF Official Website.

The national team will close their campaign against Indonesia on Wednesday.

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