March 02, 2024

Ouch! Filipinas beat reigning champ Vietnam but still miss out on semis in SEA Games

Ouch! Filipinas beat reigning champ Vietnam but still miss out on semis in SEA Games
PFF/Mia Montayre

There will be no medal this time for the Filipinas.

While they had a rousing 2-1 win over defending champion Vietnam in the Southeast Asian Games women’s football tournament on Tuesday, the Filipinas still failed to book a return trip to the semifinals.

This after Myanmar came out with the better goal differential after its 5-1 drubbing of Malaysia.

This was a stunning development for the Filipinas, who were gunning for a gold medal in the regional meet after a bronze mint-finish in Hanoi, Vietnam last year. They split their first games against Myanmar and Malaysia.

Now, the FIFA World Cup-bound Filipinas will go home without a medal.

The unfortunate ending notwithstanding, the Filipinas put on a spectacular performance nonetheless, with Sarina Bolden scoring the first goal in the 19th minute off a penalty against the Vietnamese side ranked 33rd in the world.

It didn’t take long before the reigning gold medalists struck back, with Thi Bich Tuy Nguyen leveling the game with a goal in the 41st minute of action.

It was back-and-forth action from there, before Hali Long nailed a header in the homestretch. The Filipno booters refused to let up from there, keeping Vietnam at bay until the final buzzer. 

(MDB)