The hosts consecutively won the gold medal in the 2019 and 2017 tourneys while Myanmar claimed the bronze medal in those two editions.

Wednesday’s game were much enlivened by the two teams’ excellence and 15,950 spectators at the stadium.

Pham Hai Yen had two chances to face Myanmarese goalkeeper May Zin Nwe, but both her finishes lacked power and accuracy.

Vietnamese skipper Cu Thi Huynh Nhu (in red) scores a back header in the women's football semifinal against Myanmar at the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games at Cam Pha Stadium in northern Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam, May 18, 2022. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Vietnamese skipper Cu Thi Huynh Nhu (in red) scores a back header in the women’s football semifinal against Myanmar at the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games at Cam Pha Stadium in northern Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam, May 18, 2022. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The opener came for Vietnam in the 28th minute.

Following a free kick by Nguyen Thi Tuyet Dung on the left flank, Cu Thi Huynh Nhu scored with a back header though Zin Nwe managed to get her hands on the ball.

Vietnam continued dominating the game, but the score remained 1-0 until the break.

Vietnamese skipper Cu Thi Huynh Nhu celebrates her goal in the women's football semifinal against Myanmar at the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games at Cam Pha Stadium in northern Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam, May 18, 2022. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Vietnamese skipper Cu Thi Huynh Nhu celebrates her goal in the women’s football semifinal against Myanmar at the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games at Cam Pha Stadium in northern Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam, May 18, 2022. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Both Zin Nwe and Vietnamese goalkeeper Tran Thi Kim Thanh had to work harder after the restart as Vietnam looked to extend the lead while Myanmar tried to find an equalizer. 

However, no additional goals were scored until the referee blew the final whistle.

Vietnam will take on Thailand, who defeated the Philippines 3-0 in the other semifinal earlier on the same day, to protect their gold medal in the final, which is scheduled for Saturday night.

Meanwhile, the Philippines and Myanmar will compete for the third place earlier on that day.

Vietnamese players celebrate their goal in the women's football semifinal against Myanmar at the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games at Cam Pha Stadium in northern Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam, May 18, 2022. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Vietnamese players celebrate their goal in the women’s football semifinal against Myanmar at the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games at Cam Pha Stadium in northern Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam, May 18, 2022. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The 31st SEA Games, which boast 526 categories in 40 sports, take place in Hanoi and 11 neighboring provinces and cities from May 12 to 23.

The biennial event was originally scheduled to be held from November 21 to December 2, 2021 but was postponed after Vietnam saw a flare-up of COVID-19 cases in late April the same year.

Over 7,878 athletes, coaches, and members of 11 sports delegations in Southeast Asia have registered for the event.

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