Mandalay: Simon McMenemy's Indonesia fought hard to defeat Myanmar 2-0 in an international friendly at the Mandalarthiri Stadium on Monday.
Indonesia secured their first win under McMenemy. The Scot took over the helm from Bima Sakti last December. Myanmar, who recently drew 0-0 with Chinese Taipei, have not registered a win in their last three matches.
It was an action-filled first half with both teams trading early blows but it was Indonesia who were the first to have a look at goal.
Greg Nwokolo escaped his markers before shooting from a tight angle in the fourth minute but his effort was easily dealt with by Myanmar goalkeeper Kyaw Zin Phyo.
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Next it was Myanmar’s turn to have a go at goal from a set-piece two minutes later but Nyein Chang Aung sent his delivery over the bar.
Indonesia then came within inches of scoring in the 21st minute when Stefano Lilipaly beat a defender before taking a shot but Min Tun cleared the ball on the line as Myanmar breathed a sigh of relief.
Tim Garuda bombarded the Myanmar goal with Riko Simanjuntak and Stefano Lilipaly both missing golden opportunities to score as the hosts held on by a thread.
The Asian Lions finally cracked under pressure and conceded in the 41st minute after Nwokolo’s sublime strike following some good movement in midfield.
However, Myanmar were thrown a lifeline when they earned a penalty in added time, but Indonesia goalkeeper Andritany Ardhiyasa made a brilliant save to deny Chang Aung as McMenemy’s men took a 1-0 lead at half-time.
The hosts’ best chance came in the 82nd minute after Mg Mg Lwin made a fine run to cut inside the danger area before firing a shot, but his effort was kept out by Ardhiyasa.
Indonesia put the tie to bed with five minutes left on the clock when Ilija Spasojevic converted from the spot to earn a 2-0 victory.
Photos: Myanmar Football Federation