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Burmese lose to Korea in World Cup qualifier

Burma (red) and South Korea take to the filed at a near-empty stadium in Bangkok on 16 April 2015. (PHOTO: MFF)

Burmese football fans were dealt another heartbreaking blow on Tuesday with a two-nil loss to South Korea in an Asian qualifying match for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The defeat comes just a day after the national disappointment of losing the SEA Games cup final to Thailand in Singapore.

Tuesday’s game took place in a near-empty stadium in Bangkok as part of a home-game ban inflicted on Burma due to crowd trouble at a previous encounter.

Lee Jae-sung scored the first goal in the 34th minute. The Koreans controlled possession throughout the game and it was no surprise when Son Heung-min added another by converting a free kick in the 66th minute.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Burma’s coach Radojko Avramovic said, “We can say that a 2-0 defeat is not too bad. It was unfortunate that the goals against us were scored from free kicks. The first goal was due to a lack of focus by our defenders, otherwise the result could have been better.”

South Korea’s coach Uli Stielike said the scoreline did not reflect the visitors’ dominance. “We missed too many chances and our passing was lacking,” said the German. “We can play better but we never looked in any trouble.”

The win puts South Korea on top of the qualifying group, with Burma yet to play matches against Kuwait, Laos and Lebanon. The World Cup qualifiers will recommence in September.