Myanmar player ratings: Not enough help as Thailand take healthy lead

Myanmar will have it all to do in the second leg after they went down 2-0 to Thailand. In a game where they needed to put on the performance of their lives, most in the team failed to turned up. So, did anyone perform for Myanmar? FourFourTwo dishes out the ratings... 

Kyaw Zin Phyo – 6

Nothing more the goalkeeper could have done in the game. Hapless to prevent both Teerasil goals after his defence let him down, but he stopped everything else the Thais threw at him. Will be important once more in the second leg. 

Kyaw Zin Lwin 6

The right-back wasn’t outstanding but that didn’t mean he had a poor game as well. Did what was asked of him by cutting off the lanes down the left, which prevent Theerathon from operating efficiently down that side. Was replaced by Than Paing in the 72nd minute as Myanmar chased the game.

Zaw Min Tun 4

The centre-back had a horrendous game. He was arguably at fault for both Thailand goals because of his eagerness to cut off the passing lanes instead of staying with his man. That gave up too much space at the back for Teerasil to exploit as a result. Will need to do better in the second leg.

Phyo Ko Ko Thein 5

Although he was not helped by Tun’s poor performance, Thein could have also done better, especially when it came to picking up Teerasil’s runs. Far too static and slow to react on several occasions.

Nanda Kyaw 5.5

Had a very subdued game by his usual standards, perhaps because it is a game against Thailand, widely regarded as the best team in this region. Will surely need to turn up in the second leg on Thursday if Myanmar wants to progress.

David Htan 6

The midfielder tried his best, but there’s only so much he can do when he isn’t helped out by his teammates. Not his imposing self, perhaps because he was up against both Pokklaw and Sarach.

Yan Aung Kyaw 5

The Myanmar captain was overawed in the game and it showed. Not his usual influencing self and let the game get by him far too easily, which didn’t help the hosts.

Myo Ko Tun 5

The midfielder had a very quiet game and spent more time helping out in defence than in attack. Was supposed to be the main man to stop Sarach Yooyen from dictating play from deep, but didn’t really do a good job of that. Replaced by Ye Ko Oo in the 59th minute.

Kaung Set Naing 6.5

Tried his best but it wasn’t going to be enough. His influence waned as the game went on, as the Thais adjusted their defence to deal with his threat after he got behind a number of times in the opening exchanges. Replaced by Suan Lam Mang in the 81st minute after running his heart out for his country.

Mg Mg Lwin 5

Myanmar needed him to show up in order for them to cause an upset, but he only did so in the second half – far too late in the game. Thought he scored the equaliser in the first half after he tapped in Aung Thu’s cross, but he was caught out by the offside trap, which was poor from the forward.

Aung Thu 7

The only Myanmar player to come away from the game with his head held high. His pace troubled the Thailand backline, especially Koravit, who struggled to keep up with him and his trickery. Another similar effort from him will be needed in the second leg, although this time around, Myanmar will surely need him to score.

Ye Ko Oo 6

Came on to help Myanmar to do damage limitation with the score already at 2-0 and did his job efficiently.

Than Paing 6

Thrown on as Myanmar chased the game and for 10 minutes it looked as though his introduction might help his country to turn the tide. Perhaps his performance might just see him get a start in the second leg.

Suan Lam Mang N/A

A change made just to put on some fresh legs in the game, but it was far too late for Mang to try to make any impact. 

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