The Vietnamese women's team won
the pre-South East Asian Games Futsal championship in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
on Thursday, beating nemesis Thailand 4-3 in the final match.
The futsal (indoor football) tournament consisted of Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and hosts Myanmar, playing round robin before the best two teams clashed with each other to decide the champions.
Vietnam lost 2-5 to Thailand in the first match but beat Myanmar 4-3 and Malaysia 5-2 to fight for the title against Thailand in the final game.
The loss in the first match was a good lesson for the Vietnamese women and they had a better strategy to deal with the Thai women in the final match.
The Vietnamese women played in high spirits and stopped all attacks from the Thai rivals before finishing the first half leading by three goals to nil.
Thailand launched more attacks after the break and scored three goals to equal the score but Vietnam again scored another goal five minutes from full time and managed to hold on to the lead till the final second.
The win was encouraging for the Vietnamese women because Thailand has always been a very strong team in the region.
In the other game, hosts Myanmar beat Malaysia 6-3 to finish third in the contest.