AFF WOMEN’S: Japan Top Group: Philippines End on a High
Across town at the Aung San Stadium, both Laos and the Philippines played free-flowing football to entertain the few hundred fans that had gone to watch the encounter.
Less than a minute into the tie and the Philippines took a well-deserved lead when striker Joana Houplin ran in from the right to score. Just two minutes later and she nailed goal No. 2 after beating the offside trap.
In the seventh minute, Houplin made it 3-0 when she found the back of the net off a tight angle before Laos finally woke up with the reply a minute later through a well taken free kick from Souchitta Phonharath.
Laos substitute keeper Phouth Khamsoukthavong was beaten for the fourth time in the game in the 33rd minute with Houplin again shot in from inside the box.
The change for Laos’ No. 1 Bounyong Akkhavong stemmed the tide somewhat but in the 59thminute, Natasha Alquiros punished the Laotian backline with a wicked flick as the Philippines then made it 6-1 off Chalise Baysa (25th minute) and then their final goal of the game Sunshine Soriano nine minutes to the end.
With Souchitta’s penalty in the 76th minute blocked by Philippines keeper Patricia Dull, a second penalty deep in injury time was then converted by Phonethip Sengmany.
“We tried our best but the level between Japan and us is there for all to see,” said Myanmar coach Yoshinori Kumada.