| KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 28, 2007) – Myanmar ended their campaign in the first round of the 2010 World Cup qualifiers this evening when they conceded a 4-0 loss to China in the return tie.
In the match which was played at the neutral venue of the Stadium Bolasepak Kuala Lumpur in Cheras, the Chinese scored all four goals in the first half of the game for the comprehensive 11-0 aggregate win.
In the first leg match that was played a week earlier, China blasted seven goals past a hapless Myanmar side.
“The standard between Myanmar and China is just too wide,” said Myanmar head coach Marcos Falopa afterwards.
“We tried to close the gap today but as you can see, we just did not have the quality at this level. Our next move will be to prepare a team, a stronger team for the SEA Games in two months.”
Utilising mostly second stringers, China made sure of their place in the next round of the 2010 World Cup qualifiers with goals off We Weian in the 13th minute, Liu Jian (14th minute), Zheng Bin (35th minute) and Zhang Yaokun (39th minute).
U Min Thu, Thura Aung, Kyaw Khaing Win, Moe Win, Khin Maung Lwin, Yan Paing, Myo Min Tun (Soe Myat Min, 45th), Aung Myo Thant, Zaw Lynn Tun (Zaw Htet Aung, 45th), Tun Tun Win, Kyaw Zin Htet.
Yang Zhi, Zhang Shuai, Zhang Xiaofei, Zhang Yaokun, Wang Xiao, Zhou Haibin (Xiao Zhanbo, 60th), Liu Jian (Sun Xiang, 62nd), Hao Junmin, Li Jinyu, Zheng Bin, Wu Weian (Qu Bo, 60th).
IN THE MEANTIME, Malaysia also exited from the first round of the 2010 World Cup qualifiers when they conceded a 4-1 aggregate loss to Bahrain.
Although Malaysia had held Bahrain to a scoreless draw tonight at the Stadium Shah Alam, the 4-1 win the latter had scored in the first leg was enough to carry them through to the next round of the qualifiers.