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Malaysia's AFF Cup game against Myanmar a do-or-die clash

With three matches down and one to go in the group stage of the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup, Malaysia are where they expected to be in Group A. They collected six points from the opening two wins over Cambodia and Laos and then lost in Vietnam, the strongest team in their half of the 10-team tournament.

So it all comes down to the final game with Myanmar in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, as many thought it would. Unfortunately, a draw will not be enough (except in the very unlikely event that group leaders Vietnam...

Myanmar hold Vietnam to a draw, both on track for AFF Cup semifinals

Vietnam's forward Nguyen Van Toan (C) fights for the ball with Myanmar's midfielder Ye Ko Oo.
Vietnam's forward Nguyen Van Toan (C) fights for the ball with Myanmar's midfielder Ye Ko Oo.

Pre-tournament favourites Vietnam were held to a 0-0 draw by Myanmar on Tuesday as the duo remained locked in the top two positions in group A of the AFF Suzuki Cup.

Both teams went into the meeting with two wins, and the draw lifts them to seven points apiece from three games, a point above third-placed Malaysia with one round of group games remaining.

The top two teams in the tournament's two groups advance to next month's semifinals. A win for Myanmar over Malaysia in their next match, on Nov....

Vietnam ease past Malaysia as Myanmar fight back against Laos

Vietnam maintained their perfect start to the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup on Friday as Park Hang-seo's side beat Malaysia 2-0 at Hanoi's My Dinh Stadium.

Nguyen Cong Phuong and Nguyen Anh Duc found the back of the net for the Vietnamese, who move level in Group A on six points from two games with Myanmar at the top of the standings after Antoine Hey's team came back from a goal down to defeat Laos 3-1.

Malaysia also have six points but have played one game more. The top two nations in the five-team group...

AFF Suzuki Cup Group A preview: Malaysia and Vietnam the teams to beat

There are plenty of local rivalries at play in Group A of the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup. ESPN FC runs the rule over the five hopefuls:


Form: The exploits of the under-23 team this year have been a very welcome piece of good news that has helped lift some of the gloom in Malaysian football. There have been signs of progression under manager Tan Cheng Hoe, but November's tournament is a major test.

Coach: Tan Cheng Hoe. Thoughtful and studious, Tan is well-liked by the players but that won't...

 By Paul Murphy

Myanmar striker Aung Thu signs with Police Tero in Thailand

Myanmar striker Aung Thu has become the latest player to benefit from the Thai League's (T1) new ASEAN player quota by joining Police Tero.

The 21-year-old leaves Myanmar champions Yadanarbon, a year after he was first linked with a move to Thailand.

The move was confirmed on the Thai League website after reports that a deal had been reached came out of Myanmar.

Tero -- previously known as BEC Tero Sasana -- will be hoping that the striker can lift the attacking prowess of a side who scored just...