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Myanmar women football also trips out of gold hope

NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar women football team's hope for champion is crashed after falling to Thailand 9-8 in penalty-shootout.

Myanmar's first goal after 13 minutes was not given to the side as it was considered by the referee Maria Pieda as an off-side though it is not at all an off-side.

Thailand's Sung Ngoen K scored the opening goal in one-on-one with Myanmar's goal keeper K.M Wai.

The goal given to the Thai side in spite of seeming off-side roused dissatisfaction and anger of enormous home fans that crowded the whole stadium.

The game was not smooth, with many pauses after second half began as the spectators disturbed it by throwing objects and chairs into the pitch.

Myanmar football fans' anger after men football team's failure to go to semi-final two days ago still remained and the spectators laid their increased hope upon the women team.

Myanmar players intensified attacking the opponent in the second half in search of an equalizer and putting a lot of pressure on Thailand's defence.

After ill finishes and many misses, at 90 minute Myanmar's substitute player Margaret Mary equalized to proceed the game with 1-1 to extra 30 minutes of play.

Thailand scored to be 2-1 from the corner kick at five minute of extra-time, but it was equalized again by Myanmar's Ye Ye Oo, setting the game to 2-2.

The game continues with penalty shootout to decide the winner and the winner could not be decide until the ninth shot was missed by Myanmar.

Thailand will play Vietnam to jostle for champion (gold medal) while host Myanmar will compete with Malaysia for the third place (bronze) on Friday at Mandalar Thiri Stadium, Mandalay.

The 27th Southeast Asia (SEA) Games comprises 33 sports that award 460 golds, 460 silvers, and 637 bronze medals to the winners.

The Games were held from 11 to 22 December in four different places, namely Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon, Mandalay and Nge Saung beach in Pathein with the theme of 'Green, Clean, and Friendship'.

Over 6000 athletes and officials from 11 ASEAN countries and regions participate in the biggest biennial tournament of the region.

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