| YANGON (8 Oct 2008) – Myanmar gave themselves a confidence booster ahead of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2008 when they beat hosts Vietnam 3-2 in a pulsating opening match of the Ho Chi Minh City International Football Cup.
The score at the end of the first half was 1-0 in favour of the visiting Myanmar side.
Despite having more of the possession in the opening half, Vietnam just failed to make it count as Myanmar played a more patient game and relied more on quick counter-attacks to win the tie.
Vietname launched a series of offensive right from the first whistle where in the 4th minute Thanh Luong’s free kick hit the crossbar while three minutes later, striker Le Cong Vinh forced an incredible save from Myanmar keeper Aung Aung Oo.
But in the 14th minute, Myanmar grabbed the lead when striker Tun Tun Min outjumped the Vietnam defence to head in the lead.
The game went into a pendulum much after that until the 65th minute when Cong Vinh equalised for Vietnam with a perfect inch header.
But Myanmar did not take too long to carve out their second goal of the game when Yang Paing punished the fragile Vietnamese defence with an exquisite chip over Vietnam custodian Hong Son.
Kiaw Thiah then grabbed the winner for Myanmar with a lethal finish before Cong Vinh stole his second goal of the game with a freekick two minutes to the end.
In the meantime, Turkmenistan beat University team of Korea Republic 3–1 in the second match of the day.