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Analysis: Hanoi on top but Yangon snatch all three points

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Hanoi: Yangon United stunned Hanoi FC by battling to a 1-0 win at the home of the Vietnamese champions on Matchday Three of the 2019 AFC Cup on Tuesday.

The home side dominated possession and had several opportunities but the Myanmar champions struck just before half-time through Maung Maung Lwin and withstood intense pressure to seal their first win of the Group F campaign.

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Hanoi fail to make dominance count

The home side were in control for most of the game and created countless scoring opportunities. However, despite having 69 percent of possession and 27 efforts on goal compared to Yangon’s six, Hanoi ended up with nothing.

The average positions of the players on the pitch demonstrated just how much territorial dominance Hanoi enjoyed, with eight of their players spending the majority of the match in the opposition half. In contrast, just two Yangon players were in the Hanoi half for most of the game.

The graphic above also suggests that Hanoi (dark blue) may not have used enough width to add variety to their attack, with a very congested midfield area.

Nevertheless, they did enough to create several clear-cut openings to claim the three points but it was not to be their night, and Nguyen Van Quyet's tame penalty miss 10 minutes after the interval summer up Hanoi's night.

Kyaw Zin Htet stars for Yangon

Goalkeeper Kyaw Zin Htet emerged as the hero for Yangon as he made a total of eight saves – the highest of any goalkeeper in a single game in this year’s competition – to keep the home side at bay.

Some were straightforward but a couple were more spectacular as he formed an excellent last line of a hard-working defence.

76' - Hanoi still probing for an equaliser!

Hanoi are seeing most of the possession in this second half, but Kyaw Zin Htet in the Yangon United goal has been the star of the evening so far! #HANvYGN #AFCCup2019

— FOX Sports LIVE! (@FSAsiaLive) April 2, 2019

Kyaw Zin Htet had 59 touches of the ball, more than any other player on the visiting side, which tells you much about the way the game was played. He made sure that many of these touches were decisive as he repelled several of the attempts that came his way.

The keeper showed a good combination of sensible positioning and agility in an excellent all-round performance that left Hanoi frustrated time and again.

Hanoi’s striking problem

It was one of those nights for Hanoi’s strike duo of Pape Omar Faye and Hoang Vu Samson. Between them, they mustered a total of five efforts on target from nine attempts on goal without finding the net.

The pair’s shooting matrix below shows that their scoring opportunities all fell within about 14 yards of the goal, with Hoang Vu Samson missing a couple of chances from very close range.

Their failure to score was partly down the excellence of Kyaw Zin Htet in the Yangon goal but they must also take their share of the blame for missing so many chances so close to goal. Two strikers of their quality ought to be doing better at this level given their prolific record in the domestic game.

Hanoi remain in second place in Group F, three points behind leaders Tampines Rovers of Singapore. Yangon's first points of the campaign, meanwhile, puts them just one behind the Vietnamese side, with both maintaining realistic hopes of qualification to the knockout rounds.

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