Yangon United leads the rankings by six points after beating Yadanarbon 2-1 in the Myanmar Derby match Saturday at their home ground, Yangon United Sports Complex.
In the match, both teams made a good effort to secure the three points at stake, but host Yangon United was luckier than current title-holder Yadanarbon.
Both sides used key players who kept the crowd excited the entire match. The visitors scored first on a goal at the 45-minute mark by Si Thu Aung with a close assist from the attacking duo of Aung Thu and Myo Ko Tun.
In the second half, the host team made substitutions, before attacking and getting the equaliser goal at 74 minutes from substitute Soe Min Naing, who headed in a cross from Kyaw Ko Ko.
With the score tied, the match tempo increased and both teams tried for the victory. In extra time, Yangon United got a free kick in front of the goal line. Striker Kyaw Ko Ko assisted again, and defender Zaw Min Tun headed in the winning goal for the Lions.
With the win, Yangon United finished the first half of the season as champion while Yadanarbon’s undefeated streak ended and they fell to third in the rankings.
“It was a big game and both teams got chances. In the second half, we changed formation and made some substitutions that gave us a better chance. Although we are half-season champions, we’ll continue to pay attention to each match,” said Yangon United coach U Tin Maung Tun.
Yadanarbon coach Rene Desaeyere said, “We should have got one more point in this game but we gave free kicks to our opponent. I think our players played well.”
As Yangon and Yadanarbon met, challenger Shan Untied used this chance and climbed to second place in the standings after beating Southern Myanmar 2-0 at their home field, Taunggyi Stadium.
Shan United played well the whole match, and won on scores from Zin Min Tun and Christopher at 49 minutes and 82 minutes, respectively.
“I’m really glad we managed to earn 3 points. This is our fourth home match, and I’m happy we have four home wins in a row. Our first-half performance was not that satisfying, but in the second half we played much better. My players deserved three points for their efforts in this match. We need to keep up the good play and repeat this performance in all the matches to come,” said Shan head coach U Soe Myat Min.
In other matches, Magwe beat Zwekapin United 4-0, Rakhine United beat Chin United 3-1, Nay Pyi Taw and GFA finished with a 2-2 draw, and Hantharwady and Ayeyawady played to a 3-3 draw.
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