| Chen Shu-Chiung of Chinese Taipei (right) vies for the ball with Khin Thida Myint of Myanmar in Bangkok Tuesday. AFP)
Bangkok: Despite having a player sent off and conceding an early goal, Myanmar managed a 1-1 draw against Chinese Taipei in a group B match at the AFC women’s championship on Tuesday.
But the result will have no bearing on the next round as the semi-final spots have already been decided — defending champions North Korea will play Japan, and South Korea will meet China on Thursday.
Both goals in Tuesday’s game came in the first half, with Chinese Taipei scoring first on 16 minutes through midfielder Cheng Yu-hsing.
Myanmar were reduced to 10 players three minutes later when Moe Moe War was sent off for a strong tackle on Tseng Shu-o.
The Myanmarese equalised on 31 minutes when a cross from Thet Thet Win found Nhin Si Myint on the edge of the area. Chinese Taipei goalkeeper Huang Feng-chiu managed to get both hands to the shot but the ball slipped through her fingers and bounced over the line for an own goal.
The result means Chinese Taipei will go back home with two wins, a draw and a loss from their four games.
Myanmar have a similar record but their goal difference is worse than that of Chinese Taipei.
Indian women did come into the meet with promise, but were eliminated when they lost to Vietnam in their final league match of the tournament.
Indian eves, led by Manipur’s O. Bembem Devi, were placed in group C, along with China, Vietnam and Uzbekistan.
China were always ahead in the race, but the Indians managed to stay in the race trill the end before bowing out.