BANGKOK, May 22 — The Thai women’s national football team has made an historic achievement by defeating Vietnam 2-1 in the 2014 AFC Women’s Asian Cup yesterday and will join the 2015 World Cup finals in Canada.
It receives Bt15 million in rewards right away.
Coach Nuengruethai Sathongwien said her players were not shaken by the capable Vietnamese team and its powerful fans, saying she was grateful for all the players and supportive authorities who helped make the World Cup dream of all Thai people come true.
Nuanphan Lamsam, manager of Thailand’s national women’s team, said it was the first time for the Thai team to defeat the Vietnamese team at home. She praised the determination and persistence of her players.
She and Muang Thai Insurance rewarded the team with five million baht in addition to the 10 million baht from the Football Association of Thailand (FAT).
Yesterday’s 2014 AFC Women’s Asian Cup match took place at Ho Chi Minh City’s Thong Nhat Stadium, which was packed with nearly 20,000 spectators.
It was a playoff to find the fifth-position holder to join the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada set from June 6 to July 5 next year. Thailand led Vietnam by 2-0. Afterwards, Vietnam scored one goal just before the end of the match.