Narrow defeat for valiant Myanmar on U-20 World Cup debut

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USA v Myanmar: Group A - FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015

kicked off their World Cup campaign with a narrow 2-1 defeat to United States at Northland Events Centre Whangarei on Saturday.

The Young White Angels got off to a flying start in the 9th minute when a whipped corner caused chaos at the near post, which USA custodian Zack Steffen couldn’t hold with a pinball all around him, Yan Naing Oo fired in from close range to give his side a shock lead.

USA found the equaliser eight minutes later, Maki Tall slid in an acrobatic shot at the far post following a decent corner kick from Emerson Hyndman.

The patient build-up play USA displayed throughout the first half was eventually rewarded in the 56th minute. A fast break made Hyndman was in a good position to receive a pass from Rubio Rubin, before slotting the ball into Myo Min Latt’s net.

“We can leave this arena with our heads raise,” said team coach Gerd Zeise in a press conference after the game. “We were a little bit unlucky, especially in the first half.

“I didn’t see a better performance from the Americans, they only had more experience. I told (the American bench) that they were too clever for us and we must learn.”

Myanmar are scheduled to play their second fixture against European side Ukraine on June 2.

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