Mongolia punching above themselves


Mongolian football is not one of the first things you think of when your mind goes to the sparsely populated nation. Although football is always improving in the vast country and this international break was evidence of just that. 

Mongolia get a win

This week Mongolia made a splash in international football as they defeated Myanmar 1-0. To put this into context, Myanmar went on to lose just 2-0 to Japan a few days later.

The victory came with a goal inside the opening 20 minutes from defender Dulguun. The goal then marked the sides first-ever win at this stage of World Cup qualifying.

The performance from the home side at the Football Centre in Ulaanbaatar would have sent the 3,221 fans home happy that is for sure. As confidence was low coming into the Group as the side had lost recently to North Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

After this poor run coach, Michael WeiƟ started his strongest side, and it paid off with the early goal. This was followed by a flurry of attack from the visitors.

Despite this though the home side held firm and run out with a win by the single goal. The frustration from Myanmar was clear and that boiled over on 65 with a red card.

The sending off was seen with Maung Maung Lwin picking up two yellow cards in a matter of minutes.

Narrow defeat 

It was not to be two wins from two unfortunately for Mongolia however as they lost out 1-0 to Tajikistan. The goal in this match coming on 81 minutes from defender Ergashev.

The goal did come from a beautiful diving header too, and if you are going to lose a match at least make sure it comes from a well-worked goal. 

Meanwhile, we once again saw the opposition go down to ten men as Dzhalilov the Tajik defender saw red on 85 minutes for his second booking of the match. 

The international break was to see a win and a narrow defeat for the Mongolians. Overall this was an excellent international break with the passion for the side in the country clear. 

We saw this as the Mongolian FA praised the fans for their support with 3,455 turning up for the second match. 

Group F

Team MP W D L F A GD Pts
Tajikistan 2 2 0 0 2 0 +2 6
Japan 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3
Mongolia 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 3
Kyrgyz Republic 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0
Myanmar 2 0 0 2 0 3 -3 0

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