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Shah Alam: Thailand and Indonesia battled it out to share a point each after a 2-2 draw, while Vietnam revived their hopes of winning bronze with a 4-1 win over Myanmar at the Kuala Lumpur 2017 SEA Games women’s futsal at the Panasonic Sports Complex on Friday.

In a battle for supremacy, both sides entered the match to maintain their undefeated campaigns and secure top spot in the standings.

From the very beginning, Thailand and Indonesia were equally matched in agility and strength, maintaining a good balance of aggression and defence, until Anggi Puspita Sari broke the deadlock in the first 12 minutes.

Despite being a goal down, Thailand never lost composure but Indonesia held their ground till the half-time whistle.

After the break, Thailand returned more inspired and drew level with Siranya Srimanee’s exceptional dribbling skills followed by a strike from short range at the 31st minute.

However, it was a short-lived celebration, as Indonesia regained the lead when Rani Mulya Sari’s attempt on goal found the back of the net, leaving Pannipa Kamolrat stunned with the unexpected shot.

The back and forth encounter continued as Sasicha Phohiwong found Thailand’s equaliser a minute later, rolling the ball into the bottom left net.

Thailand top the standings with seven points, ahead on goal difference with Vietnam close behind.


Having lost 3-1 in their opener against Thailand followed by a draw with Malaysia, Vietnam’s victory meant they drew level with the host nation on four points to set up an exciting final matchday.

It didn’t take long for Do Thi Nguyen to open the scoring for Vietnam in the 2nd minute, converting a corner with a long range strike into the top right of the net.

Li Thi Thuy Linh doubled their advantage in the 27th minute when she was left unchecked in the box to boot home from close range.

Myanmar, who only had a handful of attempts on goal in the first half, switched tactics to defensive play in the second-half as they looked to attack on the break.

The strategy bore fruit in the form of Mi Sat hitting home in the 33rd minute, but Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Thanh restored their two-goal lead shortly after.

Trinh Ngoc Hoa furthered their advantage a minute from time after dashing past the Myanmarese defence, and shooting past keeper Zin Min Tu.


Results

August 18: Vietnam 1-3 Thailand, Malaysia 2-1 Myanmar

August 20: Myanmar 2-10 Thailand, Malaysia 1-2 Indonesia

August 22: Indonesia 3-1 Myanmar, Vietnam 1-1 Malaysia

August 25: Myanmar 1-4 Vietnam, Thailand 2-2 Indonesia

Team

P

W

D

L

F

A

PTS

Thailand

3

2

1

0

15

5

7

Indonesia

3

2

1

0

7

4

7

Vietnam

3

1

1

1

6

5

4

Malaysia

3

1

1

1

4

4

4

Myanmar

4

0

0

4

5

19

0

 

Fixtures

August 27: Indonesia v Vietnam, Thailand v Malaysia

Photos: MASOC

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