Myanmar U-20 ended their World Cup campaign on another sour note as New Zealand U-20 put themselves on the brink of the knockout phase with an emphatic 5-1 victory at Wellington Regional Stadium on Friday.
The Young White Angels, who qualified for the tournament for the first time in history, had given the United States a massive fright in the opening game despite losing 2-1, before crashed out 6-0 by Ukraine which left them at the bottom of Group A table with zero point.
The hosts started nervously against Myanmar and went down in the 27th minute following an impressive finish from Aung Thu with a superb curled effort beyond Nikola Tzanev. But it was cancelled out after Noah Billingsley equalised for New Zealand five minutes before the break.
Goals from Patterson, Joel Stevens, Sam Brotherton and Clayton Lewis in the second half put the victory for the Oceanian side and gave the them the opportunity to qualify for the last 16 as one of the best third-placed teams across the six groups.
“I’m both very disappointed and disheartened, but you can’t expect to win any matches by playing the way we did,” said the Myanmar coach Gerd Zeise after the game.
“Our defense was a disaster and I saw so many mistakes. We simply weren’t ready for a big stage like the World Cup.
“The only way we could have survived was if every single member of the team played to the absolute best of their abilities, and unfortunately that wasn’t the case today.”