AFF Women's Championship

Vietnam, Myanmar book semi-final places


Chonburi: Group B powerhouses Vietnam and Myanmar sealed their passage to the 2019 AFF Women’s Championship knockout stage with a match to spare after both registered emphatic wins at Chonburi IPE Stadium on Sunday.

Vietnam made it 17 goals in two matches with a 7-0 win over Indonesia, while Myanmar continued their perfect start to the competition with a 10-1 victory against Cambodia.

The results set up a battle to top the group when the two sides meet on Tuesday, while both Cambodia and Indonesia can no longer advance to the semi-finals.

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INDONESIA 0-7 VIETNAM

Hunyh Nhu bagged a hat-trick as Vietnam sealed a trouble-free path to the semi-finals, outclassing Indonesia to register a 7-0 win.

As in Friday’s 10-0 win over Cambodia, Vietnam once again flew out of the blocks in the first-half, racking up five goals before the interval in another comprehensive display.

Mai Duc Chung’s side were ahead within the opening minute, as Nguyen Thi Buch Thuy took just 46 seconds to add to the four goals she scored in Vietnam’s opener with a close-range finish.

A succession of Vietnamese chances followed before Huynh Nhu fired home the second in the 19th minute, with Pham Hai Yen – Vietnam’s other hat-trick scorer on Friday – extended the lead three minutes later.

With Indonesia overwhelmed by Vietnam’s organisation and quality, Huynh Nhu slammed home another one from close range in the 40th minute, before completing her treble with a lovely flick three minutes later to become her side’s third hat-trick scorer in as many days.

It was plain sailing for Vietnam, but Indonesia did improve after half-time, with Nguyen Thi Tuyett Dung’s rapid-fire brace, in the 63rd and 66th minutes, the only further damage incurred by Rudolf Nere’s side.

With a place in the knockout stage now mathematically beyond them, Indonesia will fancy their chances of a first AFF Women’s Championship win since 2011 when they meet Cambodia on Tuesday, while Vietnam will vie for top spot in the group against Myanmar.


CAMBODIA 1-10 MYANMAR

In the later match, Myanmar eased into the last four, and set up a mouth-watering Matchday Three clash against Vietnam, with a comprehensive 10-1 win over Cambodia.

Yee Yee Oo followed up Thursday’s hat-trick with a four-goal haul, as Win Thu Moe’s side thoroughly outclassed a Cambodian outfit who have now conceded double-figure score lines in successive matches.

Hoping to avoid the type of onslaught which saw them concede eight goals in the opening 24 minutes against Vietnam, Cambodia were more organised and made fewer mistakes in the early stages, keeping the heavy favourites temporarily at bay.

But Myanmar’s opening goal finally arrived in the 30th minute, when a scramble after a corner kick ended with a May Thu Kyaw tap-in, and they had a second when Khin Marlar Thun thumped in a sensational long-range effort just over a minute later.

Yee Oo lobbed goalkeeper Chen Soveat to pounce on a dreadful Cambodian turnover following a short goal-kick just before half-time, before the prolific Win Theingi Tun scooped in her customary goal on the hour-mark to put Myanmar four goals clear.

Another failed Cambodian attempt at playing out from a goal-kick was punished, with substitute Khin Moe Wai the beneficiary this time, before history repeated itself once more when a similar sequence of events led to Yee Oo’s second of the day.

After spending most of the match in their defensive half, Cambodia’s moment to savour arrived in the 77th minute, when captain Somrit Nimol opened their account with a successfully converted penalty kick.

But normal service resumed with a seventh Myanmar goal from Thin Thin Yu two minutes later, and Yee Oo made it two hat-tricks in as many matches, before Theingi Tun and Yee Oo rounded out the win with further goals in stoppage time.

Despite Myanmar’s late surge, they remain behind Vietnam on goal difference, meaning they will need to beat Mai Duc Chung’s side in Tuesday’s top-of-the-table clash to advance as Group B winners.

Monday’s matches (all times local): Thailand v Timor-Leste (15:00), Malaysia v Singapore (18:00).

Photos: Football Association of Thailand