Viet Nam set up final showdown against Myanmar
HCM CITY (VNS)— Viet Nam will meet tomorrow Myanmar in the final of the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Women's Football Championships following a thumping 7-0 semi-final victory over Laos.
Viet Nam dominated the match from start to finish, with Nguyen Thi Minh Nguyet opening the scoring before Nguyen Thi Muon adding two more goals in a one-sided first half to help Viet Nam to a 3-0 lead before the break.
Following the interval Viet Nam, continued to exert their superiority, keeping possession of the ball in Laos' half of the pitch. Further goals from Nguyen Thi Minh and Le Thu Thanh Huong and a brace by Nguyen Thi Hoa added to the deficit, sending a stark warning to final rivals.
"We didn't think we'd be able to record such a big win," said Viet Nam head coach Chen Yun Fa. "I think the Laotian players lost their physical strength very quickly. Viet Nam and Myanmar have an equal chance of winning the title."
Myanmar put their defeat by Viet Nam behind them playing a determined game to edge out Thailand 1-0 in the other semi-final match. The only goal of the game came from San San Maw, who headed home from Khin Marlar Tun's cross in the second half.
Viet Nam will face Myanmar in the final tomorrow at Thong Nhat Stadium, HCM City, hoping for a similar result to their group game encounter, where Viet Nam won 2-1.
"Viet Nam is a nice team and Myanmar is one of the best teams in Asia, so I think the final will be an exhilarating game," said Myanmar head coach Kumada Yoshinori.
Thailand will take on Laos in the third-place playoff in the same venue. — VNS