VietNamNet Bridge – Striker Nguyen Thi Hoa scored a hattrick to help Viet Nam win 4-0 over hosts Laos yesterday, Oct 18, at the second group round match of the Southeast Asian (AFF) Women's Football Championship at the National Stadium in Vientiane.
Huynh Nhu needed only 73 seconds to scored the first goal for Viet Nam after Lao goalkeeper Hongthong Choulapanh received a red card. Her early leave left a big hole in the hosts' defence which Nhu easily broke through and earned her goal.
Hoa then doubled the lead seven minutes later from the left. The striker dribbled past two defenders before slotting her first goal past substitute keeper Bounyong Akhavong.
Viet Nam had several chances to add to the score and struck the crossbar three times before finally getting the third and fourth goals off the sharpening Hoa in the 29th and 33rd minutes.
Viet Nam were comfortable going into the second half and did not push as hard as they had done in the first 45 minutes.
Nevertheless, they hit the posts and the crossbar two more times with Hoa still a handful for the Lao defence.
Laos seemed to have some space for fresh air after Hoa was replaced in the 68th minute. They had another opportunity to go into the attack but try as hard as they could, there was no way they could get past the defence of the Southeast Asian Games queen.
In the next round on Thursday, Laos face Singapore while Viet Nam play Indonesia.
Indonesia earlier yesterday defeated Singapore 3-1 to pick up their first win in group A on the third day of the tournament.
After a goalless first half, Indonesia stepped up the tempo in the second half. A cross from the right by Akudiana Tebai in the 60th minute was knocked in by Henny for Indonesia's first goal.
Their second goal came in the 72nd minute when Singapore defender Hamizah Abdul Talib's block of cross from Indonesian captain Yudith Herlina Sada's went into goal instead.
Six minutes to the end, Singapore pulled a goal back after cutting in from the left Noor Fatin Afiqah unleashed a grounder to beat Indonesian custodian Komala Oktapiana.
But deep in injury time, Indonesia had the last say in the game when Akudiana found the space and time to slot the ball home.
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