|CHAMPS: Việt Nam vs Thailand in the final of the ASEAN Football Federation Women’s Championships in Thailand on Tuesday. Việt Nam defeated Thailand 1-0. — Photo zing.vn|
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam defeated Thailand 1-0 in extra time to take the title of the ASEAN Football Federation Women’s Championships in Thailand after seven years of waiting.
The game was held at the Institute of Physical Education Chonburi Campus Stadium on Tuesday.
Việt Nam entered the final as the Group B winners ahead of Myanmar, Indonesia and Cambodia. They defeated the Philippines 2-1 in the semi-final. While Thailand were Group A winners ahead of the Philippines, Malaysia, Timor-Leste and Singapore. They beat Myanmar 3-1 in the other semi-final match.
Despite playing away, Việt Nam were very confident from the get-go.
After a pass from the left wing, striker Phạm Hải Yến headed home but couldn’t beat Thai goalie Jada.
In the 34th minute, Rattikan Thongsombut completed a skilful move to overcome the Vietnamese defence, however her shot was no trouble for Vietnamese goalkeeper Trần Thị Kim Thanh.
Several minutes later, Việt Nam led the ball into the penalty area but Jada rushed out in time to catch it.
In the last minutes of the first half, Sunisa Srangthaisong took full advantage of her height but goalie Thanh blocked her shot.
Việt Nam played counter attack effectively in the first half and Thailand were unable to close in on goal.
After the break, Việt Nam pushed on seeking the opener and Nguyễn Thị Tuyết Dung came close. She entered the penalty area but the Thai defence stopped her.
Việt Nam continued to create several dangerous chances but failed to find the net.
In the 73rd minute, goalie Thanh saved a tame kick from Thailand following a confused situation in front of the Vietnamese goal.
With no goals scored the two sides entered extra time.
Just five minutes into the first half, receiving a spectacular pass from her teammate on the right wing, Huỳnh Như opened the score for Việt Nam.
The hosts then put the pressure on the Vietnamese goal but Thanh was strong between the sticks.
Việt Nam played defensively for the remaining time. Thailand continued to pour on the pressure in the dying minutes but failed to defend their title which they held for three years in a row.
The result provides momentum for Việt Nam towards the upcoming Southeast Asian Games 30 in the Philippines later this year.
In the third-place playoff match, Myanmar defeated the Philippines 3-0 to take the bronze medal. — VNS