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Vietnam take fourth place at AFF Women's Champs

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Vietnam finished fourth at the ASEAN Football Federation Women's Championship after losing to the Under-20 team of Australia 4-3 during the third-place playoff match in Ho Chi Minh City on May 10.

A double from striker Princess Ibini-Isei helped propel the Australian visitors to an exciting 4-3 win over hosts Vietnam.

With the advantage of height, Australia quickly played attack and Ann Ferguson opened the score early in the fourth minute.

Immediately, Vietnam kept up the momentum and did not lose focus while, after some sustained pressure in the tenth minute, saw Nguyen Thi Minh Nguyet brought down inside the box by defender Ellie Carpenter.

In the 31st minute, Nguyet scored her second goal for Vietnam.

The Australians were quicker after the break, as a half volley from Princess in the 56th minute, to be followed by another from Beatrice Goad in the 74th minute, gave Australia the lead at 3-2.

However, Vietnam still played hard and their effort paid off. In the 84th minute, Nguyen Thi Tuyet Dung coolly put her header past the Australia goalkeeper to level the score at 3-3.

But Vietnam's happiness did not last long. During the injury time, Princess scored another goal to help Australia win 4-3.

According to Vietnam's head coach, Japanese Norimatsu Takashi, Vietnam missed their chances to score goals in this match. Though players made every effort, they were still lacking in competitive experience, especially the young footballers.

In this match, Vietnam improved its attack line, but the defensive line still needs to be sharpened.

After this match, Vietnam will have a short training session in Australia from May 15-22.
In the final match played later on the day, Thailand defeated Myanmar 3-2.-VNA
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