Vietnam came in third in the AFF Under-16 Girls’ Championship when they beat Laos 3-0 on penalties in the classification match that was played at the Bumi Sriwijaya Stadium.

The score at the end of the regulatory 80 minutes was 0-0.

“I am not happy with the way we played. We should have done better and score. We created some chances, some really good chances and we should have won in regulation. Not depending on the luck of the penalties,” said Vietnam head coach Nguyen Thi Mai Lan.

Despite it being not the main event of the day, both teams put up some good performances as they maintained pressure with the action from end to end.

It was Laos who were doing more of the attacking at the start with the talented Pe Pe leading most of the attack as Pimpha Thongsavang playing more of a supporting role.

However, Vietnam goalkeeper Dao Thi Kieu Oanh had a sterling afternoon as she denied a string of Laos attempts to keep the score line in check.

Vietnam were always looking for the opening but with Dang Thanh Thao unable to make it count in the first half, the decision to bring in the quick Tran Nhat Lan failed to improve things.

The best that Nhat Lan could muster was a freekick right at the death that was parried over by Laos custodian Phatthalavady Sophothirath.

Into the penalties, it would seem that Phatthalavady was lacking the motivation when she failed to stop the Vietnam attempts off Thi Hoa,Tran Thi Hanh and Tran Thi Huong Tra.

Laos’ first three kickers – Vilayphone Phengsana, Thippakone Syvonglath and Inthida Khounsy – all missed.




THIRD & FOURTH PLACING: Laos 0 (0) Vietnam 0 (3)

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