AFF Women's Championship

Vietnam issue title warning, Indonesia end win drought


Chonburi: Regional heavyweights Vietnam emerged as group winners with a 4-0 win over challengers Myanmar, while already-eliminated Indonesia registered their first AFF Women’s Championship win in eight years against Cambodia as Group B concluded on Tuesday.

Vietnam and Myanmar - both of whom had qualified for the knockout stage prior to Tuesday’s fixtures – now have five days to prepare for Sunday’s semi-finals, while Indonesia and Cambodia’s campaigns have come to an end.

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VIETNAM 4-0 MYANMAR

Vietnam sealed top spot in Group B and issued a title warning in the process, easily disposing of Myanmar to register a 4-0 win at Chonburi IPE Stadium.

Pham Hai Yen netted a brace to take her tally to six goals in three games, as Mai Duc Chung’s side finished the group stage with 21 goals scored and none conceded to set up a meeting with the Group A runners-up in Sunday’s semi-final.

Level on six points apiece and having fought out several tight battles in recent years, Myanmar came into the tie hopeful of a win against their south-eastern neighbours, but Vietnam were in command from the moment Hai Yen netted the 13th-minute opener.

The in-form 24-year-old got the ball rolling when she got in behind Myanmar’s defensive line to beat goalkeeper Thandar Oo from 15 yards, and Vietnam looked every bit the group winners when Thai Thi Thao finished a well-worked move to double the tally in the 43rd minute.

Any lingering hopes of a Myanmar recovery were dashed when Hai Yen punished some hesitant defending to notch her second of the match at the hour mark, and Nguyen Thi Tuyet Dung added further gloss to the scoreboard when she netted the fourth from the penalty spot three minutes later.

Myanmar did manage to fashion some scoring opportunities of their own, but it was a day to forget for the likes of Yee Yee Oo and Win Theinigi, who were held scoreless after racking up 10 goals between them in the opening two matches.

The heavy defeat comes as a blow to Myanmar head coach Win Thu Moe’s target of reaching the final, which will now require victory in Sunday’s semi-final against the winners of Group A, which is currently led by hosts and defending champions Thailand.


CAMBODIA 0-4 INDONESIA

In Tuesday’s later match, Indonesia ended their campaign with a 4-0 win over Cambodia, their first victory in the competition since 2011.

Devi Tia Safitri scored two long-range goals for Rudolf Nere’s side, who recorded their biggest win in over a year to finish third in Group B.

Indonesia got up and running with a goal from Mayang in the 21st minute, before Safitri doubled the lead with a looping effort from distance four minutes later to give them a 2-0 lead at the interval.

Safitri scored from even further out to put the tie to bed in the first minute of second-half stoppage time, before Baiq Amiatun Shalilhah rounded out the scoring in the fourth minute of added time.

Wednesday’s fixtures (all times local): Malaysia v Timor-Leste (15:00), Philippines v Thailand (18:00)

Photos: Football Association of Thailand

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