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Honours even for Myanmar and Singapore

David Htan netted a late equaliser as Myanmar came from behind to draw 1-1 with Singapore in an international friendly at the Youth Training Centre in Yangon on Tuesday.

In an encounter between two sides gearing up for the upcoming AFF Suzuki Cup, the visitors took the lead early in the second half when Agu Casmir latched onto a loose ball in the Myanmar box and calmly placed his shot past Myanmar goalkeeper Thiha Si Thu in the 53rd minute.

But Myanmar pushed hard for an equaliser and they were rewarded 10 minutes from time when Htan fired a volley past defender Shaiful Esah and goalkeeper, Izwan Mahbud.

Shaiful was then sent off four minutes from time after receiving his second yellow card of the match but the home side could not capitalise in the remaining minutes as the match ended in a draw.

Having watched his side lose 2-0 at home to the Philippines last Friday, Singapore coach Raddy Avramovic was pleased with his side’s display in Yangon.

“I think it was a good game for both teams today,” said the Serbian. “In the first half, we dominated the match and should have scored too. And in the second half, Myanmar dominated the match.

“But I must say that although in second half we could see a few tired legs, I am happy with the team's will to fight and play. We are missing the goals but created the chances for them.”

Singapore have been place in Group B for the AFF Suzuki Cup with defending champions Malaysia, 2010 runners-up Indonesia and the runners-up from the qualifying competition.

Myanmar will host the qualifying competition in early October which will also involve Brunei, Cambodia, Laos and Timor Leste.