SEA Games: The Philippines will fight for the bronze after losing to the Thais

Philippines vs Thailand in the 31st SEA Games Women's Football.  PWNT / Raymond Braganza

Philippines vs Thailand in the 31st SEA Games Women’s Football. PWNT / Raymond Braganza

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine women’s soccer team has given up its gold medal hopes after losing 0-3 to Thailand in the semifinals of the 31st Southeast Asian Games on Wednesday at the Cam Fa Stadium in Quang Ninh, Vietnam.

Runners-up Thaira, the women’s soccer player of the last two SEA Games, is leaning on a big save from three different scorers and goalkeeper Waraporn Bunsing for their return to the championship round.

Silawan opened the scoring for Thailand in the 22nd minute and maintained a 1-0 lead at halftime as Bunsing always denied the Filipinos multiple chances to score in the right place and at the right time.

Tanekan Danda doubled the lead in the second minute of the second half, beating Philippine goalkeeper Olivia McDaniel.

The Thai defense prevented the Filipinos from finding the back of the net as substitute Plychampu Sombuyek scored the third goal in the 91st minute to limit the win.

The women’s national football team, which qualified for the 2023 FIFA World Cup earlier this year, lost in the semifinals of the second consecutive SEA Games at the Binan Football Stadium due to finishing fourth in the 2019 edition.

Allen Stagsic-Coach Squad struggles to finish the campaign with a bronze medal after losing to Vietnam-Myanmar in the semifinals on Saturday.

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