SEA Games: Philippines competes for bronze after losing to Thailand in women’s football

30 May 2022 | 08:30 | Football

Philippines vs Thailand in 31st SEA Games women's soccer. PWNT / Raymond Braganza

Philippines vs Thailand in 31st SEA Games women’s soccer. PWNT / Raymond Braganza

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines women’s soccer team bid their gold medal hopes goodbye when they succumbed to Thailand, 0-3, in the semifinals of the 31st Southeast Asian Games on Wednesday at the stadium. Cam Pha, Quang Ninh, Vietnam.

The Thai, runner-up of the past two SEA Games, relied on three different strikers and brilliant saves from goalkeeper Waraporn Boonsing to win tickets to return to the championship round.

Silawan Intamee opened the scoring for Thailand in the 22nd minute and maintained a 1-0 lead after the break as Boonsing was always present at the right time to deny Filipinas many scoring opportunities.

Taneekan Dangda doubled the lead in the second minute after edging past Philippines goalkeeper Olivia McDaniel.

Thailand’s defense prevented Filipinas from owning an own goal when substitute Ploychompoo Sombuek scored his third goal in the 91st minute.

Women’s national soccer team, qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2023 earlier this year, losing in their second consecutive SEA Games semi-finals as they finished fourth in the 2019 edition at Binan Football Stadium.

Coach Alen Stajcic’s side managed to end their campaign with a bronze medal, facing the losers of the Vietnam-Myanmar semi-final in a scramble for third place on Saturday.

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