Vietnam women’s football team lost 3-0 to Japan in their semifinal match at the 17th Asian Games (Asiad) in South Korea on Monday.
In the first half, Vietnam players mostly defended on home court when facing the world and Asiad reigning champion.
Sakaguchi scored the first goal for Japan in the 25th minute after getting a ball that Vietnam’s goalkeeper Kieu Trinh punched out.
The match became faster after the first goal but no more goal was scored in the rest time of the first half.
Eight minutes into the second half, Japan had a second goal with a header by Osafune Kana.
Japan continued to pressure on Kieu Trinh and Sugasawa Yuka scored the third goal for Japan in the 75th minute.
Bui Hien Luong, head of Vietnam National Women’s Football, said a loss to Japan was what she had expected: “But Vietnam players had good performances against a heavyweight opponent,” Luong said.
Vietnam will compete for bronze medal against the loser of the match between South Korea and North Korea on October 1.
In other sports competition on Monday, Nguyen Thi That claimed a silver medal in women’s road cycling after finishing behind Thailand’s Meneephan Jutatip. Hsiao Mei Wu of Chinese Taipei won the bronze medal at the event.
As of press time, the Vietnam sports delegation has ranked 18th with one gold, eight silvers and 20 bronze medals.