Vietnam and Myanmar made the semi-finals of the AFF Women’s Championship following the final round of matches in Group B which saw them finishing first and second respectively.
Vietnam overwhelmed the Philippines 4-0 while Myanmar floored Malaysia by the same score line.
In the semi-finals that will be played in two days at the same venue of the Thong Nhat Stadium, Vietnam will take on Thailand while Myanmar will play the Australian Under-20.
Any thought of a Philippines’ early fight back evaporated in the fourth minute when Nguyen Thi Minh Nguyet slammed home the rebound from Tran Thi Thuy Trang earlier attempt.
Minh Nguyet then went on to complete her hat trick off goals in the 28th minute and penalty in the 38th minute as Vu Thi Thung scored in between in the 12th minute for the final score line.
IN THE MEANTIME, Myanmar beat Malaysia 4-0 in an earlier match in the group.
With so much at stake, Myanmar were all action on the field as they attacked the Malaysian fort from all angles. But the Malaysians were more determined as they had done in their previous loss against Vietnam.
They regrouped well to deny Myanmar for long periods and as their opponent grew in frustration, it gave confidence to the Malaysians to go forward. But with the lack of pace upfront, it was always going to be a struggle.
The introduction of the wily Than Than Htwe in the 35th minute injected life into the Myanmar game and with just two minutes remaining of the first half, they duly went forward when Win Theingi Tun turned the Malaysian defence to shoot past keeper Asma Junaidi.
And just a minute after the breather, Asma’s goal was breached again when Win Theingi slammed home from close range.
But Asma did not lose focus and despite receiving treatment several times to her injured knee, she still continued to play a pivotal role in denying Myanmar before she caved in the 69th and 75th minute off strikes from striker Yee Yee Oo.
RESULTS – 6 May 2015
Myanmar 4 Malaysia 0
Philippines 0 Vietnam 4
GROUP B Final Standings
* Teams in bold make semi-finals