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Azkals concede late goal, fall to Myanmar 2-1

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Philippine Azkals fall to Myanmar (1:46)

The Philippine Azkals fall Wednesday to Myanmar 2-1 for their first loss of the SEA Games. (1:46)

The Philippine Azkals absorbed their first loss of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games men's football tournament at the hands of Myanmar, 2-1, at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

A pair of goals coming from Aung Kuang Mann and Win Naing Tun were enough to secure the victory for the Burmese side.

Myanmar were the more positive side in the opening half, with the Philippines not pressuring the Burmese backline.

The visitors found the opening in the 16th minute of the contest, after Amani Aguinaldo misjudged a cross into the Philippine box that found its way to the boot of Mann.

Mann coolly slid the ball in between the legs of keeper Anthony Pinthus to give Myanmar the 1-0 lead.

As the half wore on, the Philippines pressed to find the equalizer and finally breached the Burmese defense at the stroke of halftime. In the final minute of the first half, Yrick Gallantes' cross found its way to Dennis Chung, who chested the ball on to the path of Justin Baas.

Baas struck a thundering half volley past the keeper and into the Myanmar net.

The Azkals opened the second half as the aggressors, pressuring Myanmar with regularity. The best chance of the half for the hosts came from Baas once again, after he skewed an attempt just wide of the Burmese goal.

Despite the added pressure, it was Myanmar who found the go-ahead goal in the 79th minute. Substitute Tun took advantage of a forward ball from Myat Kuang Khant to win back the advantage.

The Philippines continued to chase the game, but were unable to unlock the Myanmar backline for a second time.

The win lifted Myanmar to first place with four points in Group A after two games played, while the Philippines stay rooted with a single point.

The Philippines will look to bounce back when they take on Malaysia on Friday at the same venue.