Vietnam suffers first loss in Women's Asian Cup finals

Saturday, 2014-05-17 11:58:38
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Vietnam (in red) fails to make a miracle against defending world champions Japan.
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Nhan Dan Online – The Vietnamese women could not build on their previous 3-1 victory over Jordan in the 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup knock-out stage as they lost 0-4 to defending world champions Japan in their second Group A tie on Friday, May 16. 

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The Vietnamese side played a solid defence throughout the whole match, which proved effective, with goalie Kieu Trinh's net kept empty in the first 40 minutes.

Japan proved themselves as world champions by ultimately finding ways past a resilient Vietnam rearguard in the last minutes of the first half.

Midfielder Kawasumi hammered a powerful shot from the edge of the area that flew past a motionless Kieu Trinh to open the scoring for Japan.

The first-half pattern of the game continued in the second period, with Vietnam defending deep in their own zone and Japan applying continuous pressure and making the most of their chances.

Shortly after the hour mark, Japan did find a second as Kiryu fired a close-range header into Vietnam's unguarded net.

Just five minutes later, Yuki Ogimi made it 3-0 for the reigning world champions, also from a header, and Kawasumi finished off the scoring on 86 minutes, curling in an undeniable effort into the top corner from just inside the penalty area.

With this win, Japan extended their unbeaten start to the campaign to two games, following their 2-2 draw against Australia two days before, and remain atop Group A with four points.

Australia defeated Jordan 3-1 on the same day to reach the same four-point tally, but they sit in second place due to the goal difference.

Vietnam are currently third in Group A with three points. The host team will play their last group match against Australia tomorrow at Thong Nhat Stadium.