Yangon: Myanmar and Laos will look to pick up their first points at the AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup 2022 when they face off at Thuwunna Stadium on Friday.

Antoine Hey’s Myanmar have lost their opening two fixtures in Group B although they can count themselves unfortunate not to have put any points on the board to date.

Up against Malaysia in their opening game, they trailed 1-0 but were awarded a penalty with the game in its dying moments, only for substitute Win Naing Tun to see his effort saved by goalkeeper Syihan Hazmi.

Three days later, Maung Maung Lwin put them a goal up away to Singapore and then made the score 2-2 in the second half but the Singaporeans claimed all three points after Shawal Anuar scored the winner with just over 15 minutes to play to all but end any hopes they had of reaching the semi-finals for a third time.

Laos, meanwhile, have endured a more difficult campaign, losing their opening two games 6-0 and 5-0 against Vietnam and Malaysia respectively.

Michael Weiss’s team did put in an improved performance at home to Singapore, with only a goal in it up until stoppage time at the end of the second half before the Singaporeans wrapped up a 2-0 win following Shawal’s late strike.

With elimination confirmed after three defeats from three, Laos will bring the curtain down on their AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup 2022 campaign in Yangon as they aim to pick up their first points in the competition since 2012 and first win since 2004.

The last time the teams met was in the 2018 group stage when Myanmar claimed a 3-1 victory in Vientiane having initially fallen a goal behind.

Friday’s game marks just the third time the sides have gone head-to-head in the competition, with Myanmar also claiming a 4-2 win back in the inaugural edition in 1996.