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Qualifiers R2 - Group A: Win Theingi Tun stars as Myanmar progress


Mandalay: A stunning hat-trick from Win Theingi Tun proved crucial as Myanmar advanced to the third round of the AFC Women's Olympic Football Tournament Qualifiers on goal difference with a 3-3 draw against India, while Nepal signed off their campaign with a win over Indonesia on Tuesday.

MYANMAR 3-3 INDIA

Myanmar and India shared six goals in a thrilling 3-3 draw, but only one side was celebrating as the group hosts reached the final eight on goal difference.

Win Theingi Tun played a crucial role in Myanmar's progression, netting all three of their goals in a gripping, see-sawing encounter in which the lead changed hands three times.

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The match had been dubbed as one of India's most important in recent years, and they made a roaring start when Sandhiya Ranganathan got on the end of a lovely passing move to give them the lead in the 10th minute.

But while India needed a win, Myanmar knew a draw would do, and five minutes of inspiration from their shining light Theingi Tun put them firmly in control of the tie.

The 24-year-old bought the hosts level with a header that was equally brave and accurate in the 17th minute, then won a penalty six minutes later, and still scored despite not taking it herself, following up to force the ball home after Khin Moe Wai's spot kick was initially saved by Linthoingambi Devi.

Despite Theingi Tun's heroics, Myanmar continued to struggled at the other end. India capitalised on a defensive lapse to level through Sanju in the 32nd minute, before Ratanbala Devi Nongm lifted the ball over the outstretched arms of May Zin Nwe and into the net to put India back in front at 3-2 after 64 minutes.

With Myanmar staring down the barrel of elimination, Theingi Tun once again came to the fore, reacting sharply to stroke the ball into the bottom corner of Linthoingambi's net and ensure Myanmar advanced to the last eight on goal difference.

Theingi Tun's hat-trick took her tally to six goals in three matches in Round 2, and extends her stunning scoring record in AFC competitions to 17 goals in her last 10 matches.

INDONESIA 1-2 NEPAL

In Tuesday's other Group A match, Nepal left it late, but earned their first points of Round 2 with a 2-1 win over Indonesia at Bahtoo Stadium.

With both sides already eliminated after successive losses, only pride was on the line in the encounter, but that proved a sufficient motivator for Nepal's Sabrita Bhandari, who gave her side a half-time lead with her 36th minute opener.

Indonesia played the vast majority of the match with 10 players after goalkeeper Riska Julianti was sent off in the eighth minute, but they still hit back to level through Baiq Amiatun Shalihah who made it 1-1 in the 47th minute.

However, just as it looked like Indonesia might hold on for an unlikely point, Bhandari popped up in the 89th minute to score her second, and give Nepal something to smile about at the end of their campaign.

Photos: Myanmar Football Federation

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