|Tao Dan and Coal and Mineral players vie for the ball during the third round of the National Women's Football Championships in HCM City yesterday. Tao Dan lost to Coal and Mineral 2-3. Photo vff.org.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — The Coal and Mineral team defeated recruit Tao Dan 3-2 in the third round of the National Women's Football Championships in HCM City's Thong Nhat Stadium yesterday.
Hoang Quynh opened the scorecard for the Coal and Mineral team in the 13th minute. However, Tao Dan stayed calm after their early loss. Only 14 minutes later, Thu Thao levelled the score.
Coal and Mineral were surprised by Tao Dans goal and they also suffered a second loss during the 38th minute, owing to striker Ngoc Hieu.
After the break, Coal and Mineral started attacking their opponents, in a bid to narrow the gap and they succeeded when Hoai Thu put her header past the goalkeeper of Tao Dan during the 73rd minute.
During the extra time, Thu took full advantage of Tao Dans fullbacks to help her team beat their rivals 3-2.
In other match, HCM City easily bested Ha Noi 2 3-0 to temporarily take the lead in the ranking table with nine points. Ha Noi 1 and Coal and Mineral are ranked second and third with six points.
This afternoon, Thai Nguyen will face Phong Phu Ha Nam. After this match, the teams will have three days off to prepare for the future rounds.
Seven teams are competing in a two-legged round-robin format, with the first leg of the tournament being held from March 5 to 26 in HCM City, and the second leg from June 21 to July 12 in the northern Ha Nam Province.
The champion of the tournament will walk away with a US$14,000 cash prize, while the runner-up will be given $9,300 and the third spot winner will be awarded $7,000.
Besides, the organisers will present other awards, including those for Fair-play Team, Best Goalkeeper, Best Player, Top Goal Scorer, and Best referee team. – VNS