It is safe to say that the Filipino national teams that competed in their respective ASEAN competitions last July 7, 2018 in Indonesia endured dismal afternoons against their opponents.
The Philippine Women’s National Football Team and Philippine Under-19 Men’s Football Teams tasted identical 0-5 losses in the 2018 AFF Women’s Championship and 2018 Under-19 Men’s Championship tournaments against Vietnam and Thailand respectively.
Huynh Nhu brace leads Vietnam rout of the Philippines
The PWNT needed a win to keep its qualification hopes alive but, up against a tough Vietnam side, the Filipinas’ hopes were instantly dashed away at the Jakabaring Stadium in Palembang.
Vietnamese player Nguyen Thi Van immediately broke the deadlock as soon as the game kicked off and Bude Bautista’s wards never recovered from that point. Vietnam raced to three more goals just before the period ended thanks to Nhu’s strikes at the 12th and 30th minutes and Pham Hoang Quynh’s header four minutes from the break.
Already up by four goals, Thai Thi Thao unleashed a clinical finish to hand Vietnam iis fifth goal of the contest at the 78th minute.
The result ensured that the Philippines could not qualify out of Group B for the semi-finals. As it stands, the Filipinas are at 3rd place with 3 points after three games played. The PWNT closes its campaign against Indonesia on July 9, 4:00 PM at the Jakabaring Stadium.
Korawich hattrick powers Thais past U-19 squad
Similar to their PWNT counterparts, the U-19 boys had to endure an individual player’s personal brilliance in their 0-5 loss at the Gelora Delta Stadium in Sidoarjo.
Korawich Taso’s three goals moved Thailand one step closer to the semi-finals. Korawich’s strikes at the 37th, 55th and 84th minutes alongside goals from Pithak Phaphirom and Narakorn Noomchansakool at the 61st and 63rd minutes respectively killed off the Filipinos’ stubborn resistance early in the match.
The result left Reiji Hirata’s boys at 5th place with three points after four games played and they shall end their participation against Laos on July 9, 3:30 PM at the Gelora Delta Stadium.