CHONBURI (27 August 2019) – A fabulous opening goal from top striker Yee Yee Oo led Myanmar to the third spot of the AFF Women’s Championship when they sidestepped the Philippines 3-0 in the classification match that was played this afternoon at the Institute of Physical Education (IPE).
The one goal today should see the 29-year-old forward cement her place as the top striker at this year’s championship with eight goals – provided that nearest challenger Pham Hai Yen from Vietnam do not score at least three goals in their final against Vietnam later this evening.
“The heat was intense in the first half, so the players had to play it smart and not risk too much,” said Myanmar head coach Win Thu Moe. “In the second half, they stick to the plan which has been set and that allowed us to get behind the defenders with more ease.”
Coupled with the extreme heat and the competitive nature of both teams, chances were few in the first half as both teams were just looking for the opening mistakes to capitalize on.
It was not until the second half that the match came alive where in the 63rd minute, Yee Oo pounced on a loose clearance for a placing shot to beat Philippines keeper Inna Palacios for the first time on the night.
And two minutes later, Myanmar doubled their advantage with substitute Nu Nu punishing a miscommunication between Palacios and Hali Long to score.
Myanmar then made sure of their third-placed finish with Nu Nu again finding the target from close.