By Ivan Stewart Saldajeno

The Philippine women’s football team (Photo from Philippine Women’s National Football Team Facebook page)

MANILA – The Philippine women’s football team went off to a heartbreaking start of its Southeast Asian Games campaign after falling to Myanmar, 1-0, on Wednesday night at the RCAF Stadium in Phnom Penh.

A late penalty from Win Theingi Tun decided the match as Myanmar avenged its bronze medal match loss to the Filipinas last year in Hanoi.

Win Theingi Tun scored the decider in the 89th minute off a Sofia Harrison foul inside the box which has become a subject of controversy overnight.

With the win, the 47th ranked Burmese side joins Vietnam as opening night winners in Group A play.

Vietnam turned back Malaysia, 3-0, behind early goals from Pham Hai Yen and Nguyen Thi Bich Thuy.

To make matters worse for the Malaysians, Jaciah Jumilis misplaced a clearance and brought the ball instead to their own goal to give their Vietnamese counterparts the eventual final margin. (PNA)