Veteran Doan Thi Kim Chi scored the only goal for hosts Viet Nam in their 1-0 victory on Sunday over Thailand in the Asian Women’s Football Championship, but in this group DPR Korea and defending champions China went through to the semifinals.
Viet Nam’s Doan Kim Chi (L) celebrates her goal in the Viet Nam-Thailand match at Thong Nhat Stadium, HCMC on June 1 (Photo: SGGP)
In the last leg of Group A, DPR Korea beat the reigning champions 1-0 at Military Zone 7 Stadium and Viet Nam, who came second in the 2007 SEA Games after Thailand, won the Thais at Thong Nhat Stadium.
DPR Korea ranked first in Group A with nine points after three matches, China second with six points. Viet Nam were third with three points and Thailand earned no points after three defeats.
Meanwhile, Group B is still competition among Australia, Japan and South Korea. In the last leg of this group on Monday, Asian Cup runners-up Australia will take on Japan and South Korea will play Taiwan.
As for Vietnamese fans, it was not the game with China or DPR Korea that got the largest number of spectators but the match between the hosts and the Thais, because Vietnamese fans wanted to see Viet Nam defeat their rivals Thailand, the SEA Games champions.
If was therefore a matter of great pride that spurred the Vietnamese players to give best shot and ensure that they not finish last and perform better than they had in their prior two games.
Viet Nam coach Chen Yun Fat believed his team’s Asian Cup campaign has been a success even though they were unable to go through to the semifinals. Late last year his team failed to defend their three-time SEA Games gold medal because hosts Thailand beat them 2-0 in the SEA Games final.