Vietnam downs Malditas in AFF Women's Championship semis

The Philippine Malditas bowed to Vietnam, 1-2, in the semifinal of the AFF Women's Championship in Bangkok. Mia Montayre

The Philippine Malditas fell short against Vietnam, 2-1, in their first ever semifinal appearance of the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Women's Championship on Sunday at the Institute of Physical Education Chonburi Stadium.

The first half saw Vietnam grab the lion's share of possession, and consistently threatened the Philippine defenders.

But it was the Filipinas who struck first, after an errant back pass from a Vietnamese defender bounced over the keeper and into the net in the 35th minute.

It didn't take long for Vietnam to answer back, after captain Huynh Nhu produced a tidy finish on the left side of the Philippine defense.

Despite the pressure from Vietnam, the Philippines were able to go into the halftime break with a 1-1 scoreline.

The second half saw Vietnam finally grab the lead through Nguyen Thi Tuyet in the 58th minute. Nguyen curled in a shot beyond the reach of Philippine keeper Inna Palacios to make it 2-1.

The Filipinas ramped up the pressure as the second half wore on, but there was no breaking the Vietnamese backline.

Vietnam moved on to the final, where they will meet either Thailand or Myanmar on Tuesday. The Philippines will play in the battle for third against the loser of the other semifinal matchup on the same day.