Vietnamese women advance to second Olympics qualifying round

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Vietnamese women have advanced to the second round of the 2012 Olympics Women's Football qualifiers after beating Thailand 2-1 in their third match of the first round in Taiwan Friday.

Coach Chen Yun Fat didn't have all his favorites due to injury, so he had to use less experienced players like Bui Thi Nhu, Nguyen Tran Bao Chau and Nguyen Thi Hoa.

The Vietnamese women conceded the first goal after two minutes when central fullback Bui Thi Nhu headed an own goal.

With the advantage of the early goal, the Thai players began to play more defensively, blocking most of the way to their goal, foiling Vietnamese during the the rest of the first half.

However, the Vietnamese women managed an equalizer less than 10 minutes after the break before scoring the winning goal in stoppage time.

The Vietnamese women now top Group A with nine points from this win which followed 4-0 and 2-0 victories over Hong Kong and Myanmar on March 18 and 20 respectively.

The Vietnam Football Federation has promised a reward of VND300 million (US$15,000) to the team for their achievements.

Vietnam will play an academic match against hosts Taiwan (China) while Thailand will clash with Hong Kong on Sunday. Thailand with six points and Taiwan with four points are now trying to take the second place in the group to advance to the second round.

Myanmar and Hong Kong have finished the first qualifying round in Group A. Myanmar is in the fourth position with two points while Hong Kong is at the bottom with zero points.

The best five teams from three groups in the first qualifying round will advance to the second round where they will compete with China, Japan, Australia, the Republic of Korea and the People's Democratic Republic of Korea who have received byes to the second round.

The top two teams from the second round will represent Asian women footballers at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

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