>> Vietnam women begin regional football title defence The visitors, former champions of the event, demonstrated great strength by grabbing a lightning-quick lead of 1-0 in the second minute of the match with a goal from veteran defender Ngoc Anh. Young striker Le Thu Thanh Huong slammed in Vietnam’s second goal ten minutes later, though Myanmar narrowed the gap to 1-2 in the 28th minute. After the break, Myanmar pushed forward to equalise, but ended up conceding a third goal to Vietnam, scored by striker Minh Nguyet. The bronze medal is a well-earned reward for the Vietnam team, boosting their confidence and spirit in preparation for the upcoming 27th Southeast Asian Games this December. The same day, U-23 Japan defeated U-19 Australia 5-3 on penalties to claim this year’s championship title.