Tue 28 September 2021

PH places 4th in 2019 AFF Women’s Cup, Myanmar grabs bronze

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The Philippine Women’s National Football team absorbed its worst defeat in this year’s ASEAN Football Federation Women’s Championship, absorbing a 0-3 rout by two-time champion Myanmar in Chonburi, Thailand, Tuesday, August 27, 2019.

The Malditas fought through Myanmar’s tough defense but were lethargic in their set plays and long passes, affording only one shot by defender Claire Lim that was easily caught by goalkeeper May Zin Nwe.

The Filipinas eked out a scoreless first half despite numerous attacks by the Burmese, but the Lionesses had a breakout second half, with legendary strike Yee Yee Oi starting the scoring charge with a booming strike—her eighth in the tournament—from outside the box in the 63rd minute to solidify her claim for the tournament Golden Boot.

Myanmar was unstoppable for the next ten minutes, with midfielder Nu Nu scoring her only goals in the tournament. Nu scored on a breakaway strike, running past three Filipinas defenders, striking just in time to avert a save by goalkeeper Inna Palacios for a 2-0 lead in the 65th minute.

Nu continued her offensive mastery, scrambling for a kick past a pile of Malditas in the 72nd minute.

The Malditas had a chance to score late in the game but Quinley Quezada could not get a penalty after being tackled by three Burmese defenders in an attack inside the penalty box.

The Lionesses regained the bronze medal after losing to Vietnam in the Battle for Third in last year’s tournament.

Despite the loss, the Malditas have achieved their best tournament finish in AFF history.

Photo from the Philippine Women’s National Football Team Facebook page

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