Australia win ASEAN Women's Championship, Vietnam second

Australia beat Vietnam 1-0 in the final of the ASEAN Woman's Football Championship in Ho Chi Minh City Monday after Thailand defeated Myanmar 3-0 to came third.

Vietnam's Van Thi Thanh (R) battles for the ball with Australia's Lauren in their Monday match in HCMC (Photo: SGGP)

After a successful match against Thailand on October 18, Vietnam coach Chen Yun Fat decided to remain the formation in the match against Australia with a hope to repeat the success. 
 
Vietnamese women found their first opportunity in the 23rd minute. From a pass by Mai Lan, Kim Hong finished but Australian goalkeeper Barbieri stopped it. 
 
In the 45th minute, Vietnamese goalie Kieu Trinh saved from a free kick by Colthorpe.

After the break, Australia changed their formation from 4-1-4-1 to 4-4-2 to play more aggressive. In the 78th minute, in an attack by Australia, the ball touched Ngoc Cham and went into the Vietnamese net. This was the only goal of the tournament's final at Thanh Long Stadium.  
 
Earlier at the same stadium, Thailand beat Myanmar 3-0 to earn the bronze medal of the tournament.

The ASEAN Football Federation Women’s Championship 2008 took place from October 8 to 20 with the participation of Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, the Philippines and Singapore. Australia is an AFF member.

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By Staff Writers - Translated by Truong Son

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