Vietnam have secured a place in the semifinals of the 2018 AFF Women's Championship after defeating the Philippines 5-0 in the group stage on Saturday.
The Vietnamese women scored four goals in the first half and the fifth goal in the 78th minute, marking their third consecutive victory in the group stage of the competition.
The team previously beat Indonesia 6-0 on July 3 and routed Singapore 10-0 on July 5.
Vietnam are placed in Group B of this year’s competition, along with Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Singapore.
Eight out of ten games in Group B have been completed. The two last games of this group will be between Indonesia and the Philippines and between Vietnam and Myanmar, both scheduled for July 9.
Indonesia and Singapore currently have one point, the Philippines have pocketed three, while Vietnam and Myanmar have earned nine.
This means Vietnam and Myanmar will advance to the semifinals regardless of the results of the two Group B games.
Similarly, Australia and Thailand have become the two semifinalists from Group A.
According to head coach Mai Duc Chung, the Vietnamese have set the goal to be ranked first in Group B.
Vietnam’s current goal difference is 21, while Myanmar’s is 16.
The 2018 AFF Women's Championship is the 9th edition organized by the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF).
Held in Indonesia from June 30 to July 13, this year’s tournament is joined by ten nations, namely Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Timor Leste, Vietnam, Myanmar, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Singapore.
The semifinals will take place on July 11 and the final game is scheduled for July 13.