SEA Games: Vietnam held to a draw by Thailand in women's football

By Quang Dung, Xuan Binh   November 26, 2019 | 04:15 am PT
SEA Games: Vietnam held to a draw by Thailand in women's football
Vietnamese striker Pham Hai Yen fights for the balls against two Thai rivals at the SEA Games 30 match in the Philippines, November 26, 2019. Photo by VnExpress/Duc Dong.
Defending champions Vietnam were held to a 1-1 draw by Thailand as the SEA Games 2019 women's football got underway Tuesday.

Midfielder Duong Thi Van scored the first goal for Vietnam just seconds before the first half ended with a header.

Thailand found the net in 52nd minute but the goal was denied as Thai defender Phonphirun Pilawan was ruled offside. However, striker Taneekarn Dangda headed in the equalizer in the 87th minute.

Coach Mai Duc Chung said it's a regret that Vietnam suffered an equalizer very close to the last minute.

Chung said his players had managed to stay focused after taking the lead, but a moment of distraction allowed Thailand to close the gap.

"But a draw was a fair result, each team deserves that one point," he said. "Vietnam were lucky as Thailand's several attacks at the beginning of the game lacked accuracy."

Vietnam's priority now is prepare for their game against Indonesia on Friday.

"If we play Thailand again in the final, we might achieve a more positive result."

Vietnamese women, who won the AFF Championship in August, are in Group B. Group A gathers Myanmar, Malaysia and the host, the Philippines.

Vietnamese women took home the gold medal at the previous SEA Games, where Thailand won silver.

Vietnam 1-1 Thailand

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