Myanmar Players Rating: Minnows no more

 Myanmar made sure they shed away their image as Southeast Asia’s minnows after beating Malaysia 1-0 and the margin could have been bigger. The White Angels clearly have a talented frontline and that should come in handy against Thailand in the semi-finals...

Kyaw Zin Phyo – 7

Apart from Hazwan Bakri’s shot which came off the post in the seventh minute, the goalkeeper was a bystander for the majority of the game.

Barely tested, Kyaw did what was asked of him when it came to claiming crosses and making sure there was no mix-up with his defenders.

Zaw Min Tun – 7.5

Yet another standout performance from Min Tun. He was a rock in defence and refused to budge, despite Malaysia constantly trying to get the ball past him.

Nearly scored again but his header was denied by Khairul Fahmi. With his aerial abilities, Thailand will do well to pay attention to him during set-pieces in the semi-final.

Phyo Ko Ko Thein – 7

Played alongside Min Tun and he did his part in keeping Hazwan Bakri quiet. He was disciplined and always made sure the ball was swept away before the Tigers could do anything with it.

Kyaw Zin Lwin – 7.5

Provided David Htan with plenty of support down the right and did well in keeping Syazwan Zainol quiet.

Tired as the game went on but still did not concede much ground to the Malaysia winger.

Nanda Kyaw – 7

The left-back was tidy all night long and his set-piece deliveries kept troubling Malaysia. Linked up well with Mg Mg Lwin down the flanks too.

Yan Aung Kyaw – 7

The captain was constantly imploring his side to not lose focus and he led by example as a supposedly superior Malaysia midfield failed to dominate proceedings.

Jumped into tackles to win back possession and was often successful.

Myo Ko Tun CM – 7

Alongside his captain, Myo Ko Tun helped Myanmar hold their own against Baddrol Bakhtiar and Fakri Saarani.

Was brought off for Ye Ko Oo in the 67th minute after looking visibly tired by the encounter and was given a well-deserved rest.

David Htan – 8

The winger had a splendid day on the pitch, as he constantly terrorised Malaysia whenever possible.

Was tricky and with his speed, he regularly opened space for his teammates by dragging defenders with him and he managed to get to the byline numerous time to put in crosses.

Placed the icing on the cake when he scored the late winner, as he slotted home from the edge of the box.

Could have had another late goal, but he was denied by a good save from Khairul Fahmi.

Mg Mg Lwin – 6.5

Mg Mg Lwin was hard working all night and he tried to carve Malaysia open, but a lack of quality final balls meant he was left with few opportunities.

Was replaced by Yan Naing in the 72nd minute as Myanmar wanted to bring on fresh legs.

Aung Thu FW – 7

Myanmar did not bring Kyi Lin and Kyaw Ko Ko to the tournament, worrying fans that the White Angels would struggle offensively.

But Aung Thu has eased such concerns, putting in another fine display for Myanmar. Was at the heartbeat of their best moves and even earned a penalty in the 10th minute.

He would have rated higher, had he not taken such a tame spot-kick and allowed Khairul Fahmi to make the save. Also hit the post just before the break.

Kaung Set Naing – 6.5

Set Naing tried his best to trouble Malaysia and it worked to a certain extent, as Shahrom Kalom and Ronny Harun were ran to the ground trying to rein in the forward.

He did not threaten Malaysia’s goal as much as he should have, but it certainly does not matter now that Myanmar won the game.

Substitutes

Ye Ko Oo – 6

On for 30 minutes, Ko Oo had a slow start but did well towards the end, presumably because he had fresher legs compared to the Malaysian defenders.

A late run nearly resulted in him scoring the opener while he did send a few nice passes forward.

Yan Naing Oo – 5.5

Making his international debut for Myanmar, Naing Oo was nervy and made a few needless fouls. Luckily for him, they did not lead to any major repercussions for his nation.

Than Paing – N/A

Brought on with seven minutes of play left, Than Paing had a relatively uneventful time on the pitch.

Photos: Myanmar Football Federation