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Pinay booters settle for fourth in AFF Championship

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By Jonas Terrado 

The Philippines settled for a fourth place finish in the AFF Women’s Championship after suffering a 3-0 loss to Myanmar Tuesday at the IPE Chonburi Stadium 1 in Chonburi, Thailand.

Philippine defender Patrice Impelido goes for a tackle against Myanmar midfielder May Thu Kyaw during Tuesday's AFF Women's Championship match in Chonburi, Thailand. (Photo from ASEANFootball.org)

Philippine defender Patrice Impelido goes for a tackle against Myanmar midfielder May Thu Kyaw during Tuesday’s AFF Women’s Championship match in Chonburi, Thailand. (Photo from ASEANFootball.org)

Yee Yee Oo broke the ice past the hour mark before Nu Nu scored twice to help Myanmar deny the Pinay booters a podium finish in the 10th edition of regional competition.

Coach Marnelli Dimson’s side however produced the best performance by any Philippine team in the history of the tournament after reaching the semifinals for the first time ever.

The Nationals made it to the semis after placing second in Group A and even took the early lead against Vietnam last Sunday before losing 2-1.

Vietnam went on to win the title after edging host Thailand, 1-0, in extra time.

The fourth place showing has raised expectations for the Philippine side to produce its first-ever medal in the Southeast Asian Games which the country will host later this year.

The Philippines placed fourth two years ago in Malaysia.

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