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Vietnam drags Malditas back to earth with a comprehensive beating on their SEA Games opener

The Philippines' Alessa Dolino and Vietnam's Chuong Thi Keu tussle for the ball. (KL 2017 photo)
By Kevin Estrada

MANILA -- After drawing a bye on opening day, Vietnam won their opening assignment in the women's football tournament of the SEA Games, downing the Philippines in Kuala Lumpur's University of Malaya pitch early Thursday afternoon.

The Golden Girls assert their mastery and maximized their gap of 39 places between them, downing the Malditas in a second half in a battle between two of the ASEAN representatives in the Women's Asian Cup next year.

It took 65 minutes for Vietnam to break Inna Palacios' net as defender Huynh Nhu opened the scoring.

The Vietnamese then added two more in the final six minutes to take all three points, as the midfield pair of Nguyen Thi Muon (84') and Nguyen Thi Tuyet Dun (90') found the net.

Myanmar took the top spot after matchday two on a +4 goal difference with a bounce back beating host nation Malaysia for five unanswered goals later in the evening.

Vietnam's win edged a rested Thailand in second by just a two-goal difference, and drags the Filipinas outside of the medals with a -2 GD.

However, Let Dimzon and her ladies will have an extended rest when they drew a bye on August 20, before going back in action against the lone ASEAN side that missed the trip to Jordan on the 22nd.

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