The Vietnamese women's football team lost 0-2 to China in an Olympic qualifying match on Monday at Nagai Stadium in Osaka, where they had to battle cold weather.
Vietnam followed a defense strategy with long passes for swift attacks in the first half when their net remained intact, despite multiple efforts from the Olympic runner-up team.
Ten minutes into the second half, Mexican referee Lucila Montes awarded China a penalty following Nguyen Thi Lieu’s foul against a China striker.
However, goalkeeper Kieu Trinh managed to block Li Dongna’s penalty.
In the 57th minute, Gu Yasha scored a goal for China from inside the box.
China got a second penalty in the 63rd minute and Rui Zhang was successful with her shot.
In two other matches on the same day, North Korea had a 1-1 draw with South Korea while Australia defeated Japan 3-1.
Vietnam will play against Australia on March 2 and North Korea on March 4.
Two best teams among six teams in the AFC region’s final round will advance to the 2016 Olympics in Rio.