Vietnam settles for fourth place at AFC Women’s Futsal Championship

Monday, 2018-05-14 10:57:14
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Vietnamese keeper Thuy Linh plays a good game against Thailand.
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NDO – Vietnam ended up in fourth place overall at the 2018 AFC Women’s Futsal Championship after collapsing to a 2-3 defeat on penalties against Thailand in the third place match at Bangkok’s Indoor Stadium Huamark on May 12.

The “yellow stars” headed into the game having failed to beat the Thai competitors in their previous two meetings. Therefore, Vietnam head coach Truong Quoc Tuan chose a counterattacking strategy, hoping to deal sudden blows on their opponents.

Thailand had more of the ball during the first 20 minutes and created a number of opportunities, however, they could not convert any of them into a goal against Vietnam’s solid defence.

Vietnam enjoyed a clear-cut chance in the 26th minute, but Thanh Hang failed to beat the Thai keeper in a one-on-one for the opening goal.

The remainder of the match saw Thailand pour constant pressure on the Vietnamese side. However, the brilliance of goalkeeper Thuy Linh helped to keep the match goalless until the last official minute of play.

In the thrilling penalty shootout, Nguyen Thi Hue’s miss allowed Hataichanok to score the winning kick and seal Thailand the Asian bronze medal following a 3-2 win on penalties.

Despite missing out on the podium, the fourth place at the Asian Championship is considered an acceptable result for Vietnam.

En route to the third place match, Truong Quoc Tuan’s side won all of their three group games and edged out Indonesia 2-1 in the quarterfinals before losing the semifinal clash 0-5 to Iran, who were finally crowned the overall champions with a final 5-2 triumph against Japan.