Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Women go down tamely to Vietnam

Myanmar's women’s footballers were heart-broken, their dream of for a gold medal shattered, after losing 1-3 to Vietnam at the 29th SEA Games yesterday at the UM Arena Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.

Striker Win Theingi Tun (white shirt), who briefly put Myanmar level with a strike in the 59th minutes, tries to force her way past Vietnamese defenders. Aung Khant/The Myanmar TimesStriker Win Theingi Tun (white shirt), who briefly put Myanmar level with a strike in the 59th minutes, tries to force her way past Vietnamese defenders. Aung Khant/The Myanmar Times

Both sides paid attention to this match because the result was important to their quest for the gold medal. Vietnamese players showed their best form in this match, while Myanmar’s midfielders and forwards failed to communicate.

In the 18th minute, Vietnam striker Pham Hai Yen scored the opening goal following a defensive error by Myanmar’s backline.

Actually, Myanmar couldn’t compete against the Vietnamese side the whole length of the match. Vietnam’s players were stronger and more powerful than Myanmar’s.

Even though Myanmar striker Win Theingi Tun equalised in the 59th minute, Vietnam’s substitute players Nguyen Thi Bich Thuy and Huynh Nhu scored goals in the 72nd and 82nd minutes respectively to seal victory for their side.

After 80 minutes Myanmar coach Roger Reijners made some substitutions to ramp up his offense but it was too late and it didn’t work.

“I’m so disappointed with the result. Today’s game was technical. Our team made more mistakes than our opponents and that’s why we lost. I think there wasn’t much difference between Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam at this SEA Games. Now I can hope only for [a] bronze medal,” said Reijners after the match.

After three matches, Myanmar’s women have just one victory -- Malaysia who they beat 5-0. They lost 2-3 to Thailand and now 1-3 to Vietnam.

They next face the Philippines, their last match in the group stage, at the same UM Arena stadium tomorrow.

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