|The Malditas made their debut at the Semifinals of the AFF Championships in Thailand but fell short against the Vietnamese 11. Mia Montayre|
By Xy-Zha Cabanlong
MANILA - The Philippine women's football team's debut in the semifinals of the AFF Women's Championships was spoiled by the powerhouse Vietnamese side as the latter won, 2-1, at the IPE Chonburi Stadium in Thailand, Sunday afternoon.
The Filipina booters took an early lead from an error by Vietnam that lead to an own goal in the 35th minute of the game.
However, Vietnam quickly equalized in the 42nd minute.
At the resumption of play, Vietnam was able to double their lead against the Philippines by netting in another goal with 56 minutes already gone by in the match.
Philippines was not able to capitalise their advantage as Vietnam went down to 10 players on the pitch as one had to be stretched off the game due to injury on the 62nd minute.
But the defense of the Malditas took effect to keep the score at 2-1, only that they too, find it a challenge to score at least the equaliser.
Despite the 5-minute added time after regulation, Philippines were still unable to score a goal to keep their hopes alive in the competition.
The assignment is not yet over for the Malditas, though, as they compete for the third place finish against the loser of the Thailand-Myanmar match on Tuesday.
Regardless of the result, it will become the best finish of the Philippine contingent in the AFF Championships. From the competition, the Filipina booters will go back to the drawing board and prepare for the upcoming Southeast Asian Games, which the country will be hosting in November.
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