Vietnamese girls led 3-1 but finally lost 3-4 to Australia in the opener of the 2011 Under-19 Asian Women Football Championship at Ho Chi Minh City's Thong Nhat Stadium on Thursday.
With far superior better body build, the Australian girls were the favored side from the beginning. They duly took the lead in the first minutes of the game after striker Linda O'Neill fired a powerful shot from close range to beat Vietnamese goalkeeper Kim Thanh.
The Vietnamese didn't give up. They tried harder and their efforts were rewarded with a leveler a couple of minutes later when captain Minh Nguyet's header found the back of the Australian net.
The equalizer visibly boosted the Vietnamese girls and they were the better side for the first 49 minutes, scoring two more goals to lead Australia by three goals to one.
However, as fatigue set in for the Vietnamese girls, a hat-trick by Australian striker Emily Gielnik helped the socceroos to come from behind and take the match.
The Vietnamese girls will next clash with China on Saturday, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on Monday, the Republic of Korea on Thursday and Japan on Sunday (October 16).