| YANGON (29 April 2009) – Midfielder Pai Soe nailed a brace to deliver Myanmar their second win in the AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers when they beat hosts Bangladesh 2-1 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka.
The Myanmarese had earlier notched a 4-0 win over Macau in their first game of the meet.
Buoyed by more than 14,000 fans, Bangladesh took the lead in the 12th minute through Mohamed Enamul Hoque.
But Myanmar maintained their composure and despite being frustrated for much of the game well into the second half, they fought back to score twice through Pai Soe.
Pai Soe’s goals in the 68th and 77th minute were enough to see Myanmar through as they now look to win the group with their final game against Cambodia tomorrow.
In the meantime, Cambodia recovered their form in the qualifiers to beat Macau 2-1.
The Cambodians who had conceded a 1-0 loss to Bangladesh in their first match of the qualifiers went ahead as early as the 12th minute through Teab Vathanak.
Macau then shore up their defence to deny Cambodia for long periods in the game before the latter once again broke through with the second goal of the afternoon on 66 minute.
This time it was Keo Sokngorn who carved his name on the scoresheet.
But Macau, who had conceded a humiliating 4-0 loss to Myanmar in their first match, pulled a goal back in the 75th minute off Che Chi Man.
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