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Women’s football team take gold at SEA Games, men’s team eliminated

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Women’s football team take gold at SEA Games, men’s team eliminated

Vu Duc

Vietnamese women’s football players celebrate after beating Malaysia during their SEA Games football match event in Malaysia on August 24 - PHOTO: TTXVN

HCMC - The Vietnamese women’s football team secured the gold after crushing underdogs Malaysia 6-0 in the final game at the ongoing 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Malaysia on August 24.

The Vietnamese forwarders put the Malaysian defending line under heavy pressure from the first minutes. In the seventh minute, taking full advantage of Malaysia’s weak defense line, Vu Thi Nhung opened the score for Vietnam.

The early goal helped the team dominate the first half, Nguyen Thi Lieu netted the second goal just six minutes later, Nguyen Thi Muon made it at 3-0 in the 41st minute before Huynh Nhu finalized the first half at 4-0 in the injury time.

After the break, Vietnam attacked continuously to seek more goals, and Nguyen Thi Muon scored her second goal in the 55th minute. In the 80th minute, Nguyen Thi Lieu raised the score to 6-0 for her team.

Vietnam and Thailand finished their competition equal on points, each with 10 points from three wins and one draw, but the Vietnamese ranked first thanks to goal difference.

The five national women squads of Timor Leste, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam competed in the round-robin format for the gold medal.

Meanwhile, the biggest disappointment for Vietnam was the defeat of the men’s football team on August 24, who were down 0-3 in the group stage final match to archrivals Thailand at Selayang Stadium on August 24, ending the U-22 squad’s dream of a first SEA Games title.

Nguyen Huu Thang decided to resign as head coach of Vietnam U-22 squad right after the failure of his team at SEA Games. Thang, who took as head coach of the squad from earlier 2016, said he decided to withdraw to make Vietnam a better team.

Thailand was full of confidence against Vietnam and put more pressure from the beginning. Vietnam’s coach Thang started the game with his strongest team and just needed a draw to consolidate its top position in Group B.

The Thai side played aggressively at the beginning of the game, while Vietnam played a risky game relying on counterattacks.

Vietnamese goalie Phi Minh Long kept his side in the game in the first 45 minutes with a number of superb saves.

However, the goal keeper made serious mistakes when Phitiwat Sookjitthummakul easily opened for his team in the injury time of the first half with a kick in the penalty box. Striker Phicha Autra made it 2-0 in the 52nd minute before Chenrop Samphaodi finalized the game at 3-0 in the 69th minute.

Indonesia, who defeated Cambodia 2-0 in the same time, secured the semifinal’s ticket together with Thailand, who took the top of the group with 14 points from five games.

Vietnam’s gold tally reaches 38

* Women’s football team, track-and-field, karate and swimming athletes contributed 10 more gold medals to help Vietnam extend their gold medal tally to 38 after day five of the Games.

Hosts Malaysia still lead the Games with 63 golds, 45 silvers and 37 bronzes. Vietnam rank second with 38 golds, 24 silvers and 30 bronzes, and third-placed Singapore have 34 golds, 30 silvers and 34 bronzes.

Le Thi Khanh Ly, Nguyen Thi Hang and Nguyen Thi Phuong overcame powerful Malaysian rivals in the final game to take the first gold for the Vietnamese sport delegation on August 24 in the women’s kata team event. Women’s karate team also took a silver in the women’s kumite team event.

Meanwhile, Nguyen Minh Phung, Nguyen Van Hai and Le Minh Thuan beat Thai opponents 3-0 in the final to bring home another gold in the men’s kumite team event. 

In the track and field competition, Vietnamese athletes scooped five more gold medals on August 24. Runner Duong Van Thai clocked 3’51”44 in the men’s 1,500-meter race to bring his second gold medal for Vietnam.

Nguyen Thi Oanh also clinched gold in the women’s 1,500-meter race with 4’20”51 and her teammate Vu Thi Ly, who won gold in the women’s 800m event, bagged the silver with 4’30”68.

Nguyen Thi Huyen, who earned gold in the women’s 400-meter hurdles event on August 22, clinched her second gold for the track and field team on August 24 after coming first in the women’s 400-meter race. Huyen finished 52’48” at the event, 0’27” faster than runner-up Orranut of Thailand.

Duong Thi Viet Anh earned gold in the women’s high jump event and Bui Van Dong secured victory in the men’s far jump event.

So far, the Vietnamese track-and-field team has collected 10 gold medals, just two golds behind their initial target of 12.

Nguyen Thi Anh Vien bounced back from Wednesday’s unsuccessful day when she grabbed two more gold medals for her swimming team.

The Vietnamese girl dominated in the women’s 200m individual medley event as she finished first with 2’14”25. The silver belonged to Samantha Louisa Ginn Yeo of Singapore  with 2’16”85 and the bronze went to Ressa Kania Dewi of Indonesia with 2’17”46.

Vien also grasped her second gold in the day from the women’s 800m freestyle event. The Vietnamese top swimmer came first with 8’35”55, ahead of the silver medalist Ammiga Himathongkom from Thailand, who clocked at 8’45”44, and Natthannan Junkrajang also from Thailand, who finished third with 8’51”09. 

So far, the 20-year-old girl has brought home five golds with two Games records, Vien won eight gold medals and set eight Games records at the last SEA Games two years ago in Singapore.

Medals Standings

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1. Maylaysia 63 45 37 145
2. Vietnam 38 24 30 92
3. Singapore 34 30 34 98
4. Thailand 25 42 45 112
5. Indonesia 18 23 40 81
6. Philippines 13 18 30 61
7. Myanmar 5 6 10 21
8.Cambodia 1 0 5 6
9. Brunei 0 1 6 7
10. Laos 0 1 6 7
11. Timor Leste 0 0 0 0

 

 

 

 

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