Vietnam lost the AFF Women’s Championship final in a penalty shootout to Thailand in a match marred by a controversial penalty.
In Myanmar Thursday the Vietnamese lost 5-6 after the match ended 1-1.
After five penalties each, it was a 3-3 draw.
In the sudden-death penalties, Rattikan Thongsombut shot out while Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Lieu effort hit goalkeeper Waraporn Boonsing and rolled toward the goal.
Myanmar referee Thein Thein Aye first whistled for a goal but reversed her decision on the advice of the lineswoman.
Each team had to take nine shots before the title was decided.
In the match Thailand went ahead in the seventh minute following an own goal by Vietnam’s Chuong Thi Kieu.
Minh Nguyet leveled the scores in the 87th minute after the ball bounced out of Boonsing’s hands.
Vietnamese Coach Mai Duc Chung, known for his calm manner, rushed onto the field after the match and pointed at the referee saying her decision was unacceptable.
She walked away without answering, he said later.
Chung and his players refused to go to the podium to receive the runner-up medals until coaxed by a VFF official on the phone.
“In the match, the referee was not correct in pulling up Vietnamese [players for fouls] while ignoring Thai player’s rough tactics.
“Vietnam dominated the match and Minh Nguyet had three chances to score. Converting chances is a weakness of the Vietnamese players … and I take responsibility for failing to win the title.”
In the group matches Vietnam scored 20 goals and conceded none before beating host Myanmar on penalties in the last four.
The Vietnam Football Federation has hailed the team and announced an award of VND1 billion (US$45,000) for finishing runners-up.