Ho Chi Minh City: The Philippines upset last year’s champions Vietnam 1-0 in their 2014 AFC U-14 Girls Regional Championship (ASEAN) match at Thong Nhat Stadium on Wednesday.
The Philippines, who finished in fourth spot in the inaugural edition last year, went into the match as the underdog but Lindsay Whaley’s goal on 28 minutes sent the Filipinas leapfrogging the hosts over to top spot in four-nation Group A.
Marnelli Salvador Dimzon-led Philippines started their campaign with a bang as they whipped debutants Singapore 6-0 in their opener on Tuesday.
Vietnam commenced their campaign on a similarly encouraging note as Nguyen Tien Minh’s girls thrashed Cambodia 8-0 in Tuesday’s other match.
This year’s edition sees seven nations battling it out in two groups for ASEAN honours with the first edition witnessing only six countries taking part.
The Philippines will take on Cambodia while Vietnam clash with Singapore on Thursday which will determine the group’s leaders and runners-up who will advance to the semi-finals.
Only three nations – Vietnam, Cambodia and the Philippines – are still in reckoning for the top-two finishings with Singapore already out of contention.