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Shah Alam: Vietnam pipped Thailand to the Kuala Lumpur 2017 SEA Games women’s football gold medal on Thursday after a 6-0 win over Malaysia gave them a superior goal difference.

Thailand beat the Philippines 3-1 earlier on Thursday, meaning Vietnam needed to win by six clear goals.

Thailand began their campaign with a narrow win over Myanmar, followed by a 6-0 victory over the host nation.

However, they met their match in Vietnam, sharing the spoils in a 1-1 draw.

Similar to Thailand, Vietnam ended the tournament undefeated with three wins and one draw.

They bagged six points against the Philippines (3-0) and Myanmar (3-1).

Vietnam went into the match against Malaysia knowing they needed six clear goals to overtake Thailand for the top spot and gold medal.

With that objective in mind, Vietnam pressured Malaysia from the start and succeeded very early with Vu Thi Nhung’s goal just seven minutes into the game, before Nguyen Thi Lieu scored her second goal of the tournament five minutes later.

After conceding two goals, the host nation thought they had Vietnam figured out but Vietnam did not let up and scored at the 40th minute with Nguyen Thi Muon’s shot on goal.

Hyun Nhu gave Vu Ba Dong’s side more reason to cheer going into the break with her goal in added time.

Nine minutes after half-time, Nguyen Thi Muon dribbled past the Malaysian defence to score another.

Malaysia tried with determination to fend off the Vietnamese attacks, but Nguyen Thi Lieu earned her second with a long range strike in  the 79th minute to place Vietnam on top of the standings, with less goals conceded.  


The gold will be Thailand’s if Vietnam fail to beat Malaysia by six clear goals in Thursday’s later match.  

Philippines needed to win, for a glimmer of hope to achieve bronze, and started defensively against Thailand, who had not lost a match throughout the entire tournament.

The Filipinas held up well, but Rattikan Thongsombut opened the scoring seven minutes from half-time to give Spencer Prior’s side the advantage going into the break.

After the restart, Nisa Romyen booted home her second of the tournament to put Thailand in a comfortable lead at the 64th minute.

The Philippines had extra room to breathe when Naphat Seesraum was sent off three minutes later for rough play, but Thailand continued to pressure despite being a player down.

Their never-say-die attitude paid off with Pitsamai Sornsai’s 72nd minute effort finding the back of the net.

However, Philippines’ Long Hari Mariah’s managed to put Marnelli Dimzon’s side on the board with a consolation goal deep in added time.


Results

August 15: Thailand 3-2 Myanmar, Malaysia 1-2 Philippines

August 17: Philippines 0-3 Vietnam, Myanmar 5-0 Malaysia

August 20: Vietnam 3-1 Myanmar, Thailand 6-0 Malaysia

August 22: Vietnam 1-1 Thailand, Myanmar 6-0 Philippines

August 24: Philippines 1-3 Thailand, Malaysia 0-6 Vietnam

Standings

Team

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Vietnam

4

3

1

0

13

2

10

Thailand

4

3

1

0

13

4

10

Myanmar

4

2

0

2

14

6

6

Philippines

4

1

0

3

3

13

3

Malaysia

4

0

0

4

1

19

0

 

Photos: MASOC

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