By Jonas Terrado

Game Thursday
(Binan Football Stadium, Laguna)
8 p.m. — Vietnam vs Phiippines

The Philippines tries to score an semifinal upset of defending champion Vietnam and secure a historic place in the women’s football finals of 30th Southeast Asian Games at the Binan Football Stadium in Laguna.

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The national women’s football team shoots for a semifinal win against Vietnam on Thursday. (Photo from the Philippine women’s football team)

The odds are stacked against the Malditas in the 8 p.m. kickoff as they take on a Vietnamese side that has won all six matches against the Philippines by a combined score of 31-1 in the biennial meet since the inaugural women’s football tilt in 1985.

Coach Let Dimzon, however, believes her team can put up a fight against Vietnam, which topped Group B.

Dimzon will bank on striker Sarina Bolden, who scored a hat trick in the Malditas’ 5-0 thrashing of Malaysia last Friday.

Also key are Shai del Campo, Sara Castaneda, Cam Rodriguez and goalkeeper Inna Palacios.

Vietnam will be led by Nguyen Thi Tuyet Dung, Nguyen Thi Van and Nhu Huynh, who had two goals each in last week’s 6-0 beating of Indonesia.

Thailand and Group A winner Myanmar face off in the other semifinal match also set 8 p.m. at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

The bronze medal and gold medal matches are slated Sunday at the Rizal pitch.

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