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VN ousted from futsal championship

Update: September, 24/2015 - 10:27
Winning moves: Thailand booked a ticket to compete in the semi-finals of the 2015 AFC Women's Futsal Championship after beating Viet Nam 2-1 in the final group match in Malaysia yesterday. — Photo
HA NOI  (VNS) — Viet Nam were ousted from the 2015 AFC Women's Futsal Championship in Nilai, Malaysia after losing to Thailand 1-2 in the final Group B match yesterday.

Pham Thi Tuoi opened the scoreboard for Viet Nam in the second minute, but Siranya Srimanee levelled the score for Thailand in the 18th minute. Sasicha Phothiwong secured the match-winner with just two minutes left on the clock.

After three group losses, Viet Nam said goodbye to the event's semi-finals.

"We were nervous in the first half because we needed to win to proceed to the semi-finals and our opponents scored first goal. But we had planned and prepared for such a situation and my players followed what I asked of them well," said Thailand's coach, Rakphol Saintengam, on

Viet Nam's coach, Truong Quoc Tuan, also spoke positively, "I think we played pretty well even though we lost. We created many chances to score but had problems finishing. This is something we have to improve in the future. It was a very good lesson for our next tournament."

Japan, the three-time Asian Indoor Games gold medalist, topped Group B after crushing China 7-1. Japan and Group B runners-up Thailand earned a ticket to play in the final four on Friday.

The event's final match will take place on Saturday. — VNS

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