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Thai goal leaves VN, Laos battling for spot at final

Update: December, 12/2009 - 09:52


HCM CITY — A final Thai goal has forced the Vietnamese women’s football team into a make-or-break match for the final with Laos on Sunday.

Three-time champions Viet Nam will have to win this last match for a place in the women’s football final at the 25th SEA Games after the team failed to beat Thailand yesterday at the Laos National University stadium.

Viet Nam played the match better in the early stages and mid fielder Nguyen Thi Muon took control for Viet Nam only four minutes into the match with an early goal.

Another midfielder Van Thi Thanh doubled the scoring at just over the half-hour mark.

Unfortunately, two defensive mistakes gave away the victory afterwards. Thailand pulled a goal back after a narrowly-missing ball clearance by Nguyen Ngoc Anh, and Thai player Peangthem Sukunya’s powerful strike on the 89th minute took the final ticket to the women’s final away from Viet Nam.

With this second successive draw, Viet Nam has only five points and has not qualified for the final because following runners-up Laos and Myanmar have settled four and three respectively. All three teams have a match to spare.

Men’s football

In the last round of the group A stage, Viet Nam, needing only one point to sail through the semi-finals, secured a massive victory, beating Cambodia 6-1.

Viet Nam will march into the final four at the top of Group A with ten points after four undefeated matches.

In the final match of group A, Malaysia defeated Thailand 2-1 to finish second in the group along with a berth in the semi-final.

In the semi-finals on Monday, Viet Nam will face Singapore, the second-placed team of group B. Hosts Laos, as the leader of group B and having made it through semi-finals for the first time for 42 years, will take on Malaysia. — VNS

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