MANILA – The Philippine women’s football team bowed out of the semifinal round of the AFF Women’s Championship after a 2-1 defeat to Vietnam at the Institute of Physical Education Stadium in Chonburi, Thailand.
After surviving early attempts from the Vietnam, the Malditas took a 1-0 advantage in the 35th minute after their opponent committed an own goal violation after being pressed by Filipina Quinley Quezada.
The Vietnamese were quick to atone from their miscue with team captain Huynh Nhu converting a game-tying goal just four minutes before the halftime break for a 1-1 count.
The Vietnamese continued their aggression in the second half until they notched the 2-1 advantage at the 58th minute courtesy of Nguyen Thi Tuyet Dung’s finish towards the defense of Inna Palacios.
The Malditas attempted to come up with an equalizer for the remainder of the match but the defense of the two-time champions Vietnam were very tight to escape with a one-goal victory./PN