Malditas counts on home crowd to beat SEA Games defending champs Vietnam

Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 04 2019 03:05 PM

BIÑAN, Laguna - The Philippines women's national football team is banking on home court advantage to boost its chances of snagging a win against defending champion Vietnam in the 30th Southeast Asian Games semifinals, the Malditas said Wednesday, on the eve of the face-off.

The Malditas are expected to face the Vietnamese team in the crossover matchup on Thursday, after the Filipinas suffered a loss to Myanmar.

"We know already that Vietnam is really a hard team to play but we are doing our best to play against them so we are just hoping for the best result," Malditas' head coach Let Dimzon said in a press conference.

"Playing in your own country, seeing that kind of crowd, it's a big morale boost for our players to play," she said, noting that tickets have sold out.

The Malditas will have to play smart until the last second of the game to have a chance against Vietnam, Dimzon admits.

"I think we just need to improve more on finishing. We had a lot of chances on that but I think 'yung nagiging problem lang talaga is 'yung finishing," she said.

Despite getting the gold in the 2017 SEA Games, Vietnam's women's football team said they cannot be complacent against a Philippine team that has "shown a lot of improvement."

"We will show our best performance for tomorrow's game. If more supporters show up, we will be more excited for the game," Vietnam coach Mai Duc Chung.

Thailand, the second-ranked team from Group B, will take on Myanmar in the other semifinal duel on Thursday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila.

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