By Jonas Terrado
(Rizal Memorial Stadium)
4 p.m. — Philippines vs Myanmar
The Philippines hopes to equal its best-ever finish in women’s football when it battles Myanmar for the bronze medal in the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
Kickoff is set at 4 p.m. with the Malditas aiming to record their first victory over Myanmar and secure the country’s first bronze since the 1985 Bangkok Games when it finished last in the three-nation field.
There’s reason for coach Let Dimzon’s side to feel confident of its chances after the Philippines opened the SEA Games campaign by holding Myanmar to a scoreless draw last Nov. 26 at the Binan Football Stadium in Laguna.
Myanmar is likely more determined to redeem itself from that result and continue its mastery of the Philippines.
The Burmese booters had beaten the Malditas 3-0 during the third place game of the AFF Women’s Championship in Chonburi, Thailand earlier this year.
Top-rated performances from key players Sarina Bolden, Shai del Campo, Sara Castaneda, Cam Rodriguez, Patrice Impelido and Inna Palacios will be key in the Philippines’ chances of securing a podium.
Meanwhile, defending champion Vietnam, which eliminated the Philippines after Wednesday’s 2-0 win in Binan, and Thailand fight for the gold at 8 p.m.
Vietnam and Thailand settled for a 1-1 draw during their group stage meeting.