The Philippines Women's National team is down but not out after their opening match in the Women's Football competition of the 27th South East Asian Games.
In front of a huge and noisy home crowd in the Mandalar Thiri stadium in Mandalay, the Malditas went down swinging, 2-0, after goals from Khin Malar Tun and Than Than Htwe.
The result is a big improvement over the last meeting between the sides, when Myanmar, also playing at home, walloped the Philippines 5-1 in September at the ASEAN Football Federation Women's Championship.
The Philippines struggled to build up their attacks from the midfield but the best-performing Maldita was goalkeeper Maria De la Cruz, who offered a magnificent performance in a losing cause.
The netminder from Idaho State saved, caught, blocked, and punched away scores of attempts from the Burmese. De la Cruz displayed excellent judgment and timing in coming out of her area and superb reactions, but it wasn't enough against a fine Myanmar squad.Read More »from SEA Games football: Myanmar tops plucky Malditas