2019 ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Women’s Championship

Vietnam top Group B after four-star win against Myanmar

Tuesday, 2019-08-20 17:19:24
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Vietnam (in white) hardly break a sweat to beat Myanmar. (Photo: VFF)
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NDO – Vietnam have progressed into the semifinals of the 2019 AFF Women’s Championship in a fantastic fashion, as they outplayed Myanmar 4-0 on August 20 to wrap up the Group B campaign as the winners.

* Beating Indonesia 7-0, Vietnam secure early semifinal berth

* Vietnam trounce Cambodia 10-0 in AFF Women’s Championship opener

Throughout their three group fixtures, Mai Duc Chung’s Vietnamese side scored a total of 21 goals and conceded none, beating Myanmar into second place with three points behind and a goal difference of only +12.

Despite having already booked their semifinal berths in the previous matchdays, both Vietnam and Myanmar entered the Tuesday clash with great determination, aiming to earn a third win and secure top spot in Group B to avoid a possible meeting with powerhouses Thailand in the next round.

However, Vietnam proved too strong for the Myanmar side to realise their ambition. The two-times champions needed only 13 minutes to open the scoring, with striker Pham Hai Yen taking a clever through ball from midfield before bursting into the area and shooting past keeper Thandar Oo.

The following minutes witnessed a lop-sided game in favour of the Vietnamese team, with Mai Duc Chung’s players dominating ball possession thanks to their better skills and tactics. Two minutes from half-time, Thai Thi Thao doubled Vietnam’s advantage with a beautiful shot from the centre of the box.

After the break, Vietnam maintained their pressure and needed 15 more minutes to make it 3-0, with Hai Yen utilising Myanmar’s defensive mistake to slot in from close range to complete her double.

Earlier, Nguyen Thi Tuyet Dung missed a good chance to widen the score for Vietnam, blasting an inaccurate shot in a fast counterattack situation. However, she promptly redeemed herself in the 63rd minute by converting a penalty to seal a resounding 4-0 triumph for Mai Duc Chung’s side.

With three straight victories against Cambodia (10-0), Indonesia (7-0) and Myanmar (4-0), Vietnam have qualified for the semifinals as the Group B winners, and will play the yet-decided runners-up of Group A for a place in the title match.

VAN TOAN