Hanoi are unbeaten in nine matches and since the second leg of the season kicked off, the capital side have surged up the rankings to second place, only two points behind Viettel.
Midfielder Đỗ Hùng Dũng (left) hopes to leadHà Nội FC to theV.League 1title. — Photo toquoc.vn
It’s championship or bust for Hà Nội FC in the V.League 1 this season, according to midfielder Đỗ Hùng Dũng.
“Finishing second is a failure for our club. Maybe in other clubs, second is a success, but for us, it is a failure,” said Dũng, who won the Vietnamese Golden Ball award 2019.
“The players always train and compete with the best determination towards the top position in all the matches. Even when playing in the Asian events, we must aim for the title. I think it is a desire that Hà Nội can’t lack,” Dũng added.
Hà Nội are unbeaten in nine matches and since the second leg of the season kicked off, the capital side have surged up the rankings to second place, only two points behind Viettel.
Despite an injury crisis, coach Chu Đình Nghiêm has been able to build a solid defence with young players mixed with wily veterans like Bùi Tấn Trường and Lê Tấn Tài, alongside foreign players like Rimario Gordon and Pape Omar Faye.
“Hà Nội’s biggest rivals are Viettel and Sài Gòn FC. We will play against them in the upcoming games. Viettel are in good shape and starting to find their way of playing. Viettel also have brave and experienced players who have competed in many major tournaments or won the V.League 1 title,” said Dũng.
Today, defending champions Hà Nội will meet Becamex Bình Dương at Hàng Đẫy Stadium. In the previous match, Bình Dương lost by a goal to nil to Viettel also at Hàng Đẫy.
Race between Hà Nội and Viettel
According to pundit Vũ Mạnh Hải, the championship is likely to be a race between Hà Nội and Viettel as Sài Gòn have gradually run out of steam, while the teams Quảng Ninh and Bình Dương will also struggle to take the title.
“I once predicted that the championship race would be a competition among Hà Nội, Viettel, Sài Gòn and HCM City FC. After three matches of the second phase, Viettel showed their outstanding progress to win all three matches. While Hà Nội proved the first phase’s disappointing results were just an accident. They are coming back strong and following the leaders,” said Hải.
“While HCM City are a big disappointment. They are in turmoil, it is unclear for them how to play. The setback of Sài Gòn is expected because their squad can’t be compared with their opponents,” Hải added.
According to Hải, while Viettel may be top of the table and their good form has made for an exciting title race, they shouldn’t count their chickens yet.
“I also think it will be difficult for Viettel are also difficult to win. Viettel are excellent, but Hà Nội are the strongest team. The championship race still has four games left, so the second-point gap is fragile. In the upcoming match, Viettel will take on Hà Nội. This is likely the final of the event,” said Hải.
Hải said that bravery is a particularly important factor at this stage of the season. Most of the players of Hà Nội are V.League 1 champions. Nguyễn Văn Quyết, Dũng, Phạm Thành Lương and many other players are used to playing with heavy pressure, while many Viettel players have never experienced the feeling of having to fight for every point.
“Therefore, I think the championship is still within the reach of Hà Nội,” said Hải. — VNS
Vietnam win gold, silver at Asian Taekwondo Championship
Vietnam won one gold and one silver medal at the Asian Taekwondo Championship which closed in Beirut, Lebanon, on June 17.
Truong Thi Kim Tuyen is on the top podium of the women’s 49kg discipline at the Asian Taekwondo Championship in Lebanon. (Photo: VNA)
Truong Thi Kim Tuyen won gold in the women’s 49kg category. The No 1 seed defeated No 2 Mannopova Madinabonu of Uzbekistan 25-24 in the final.
It was Tuyen’s second Asian title in a row after her first in the 46kg class three year ago held in Vietnam. She is the first Vietnamese fighter to have won the continental competition. Madinabonu also took part in that event and grabbed a bronze.
Tuyen received a bye in the first round. She beat Munisa Oimatova of Tajikistan, No 9 seed, in the quarter-finals and No 5 Hung Yu-Ting of Chinese Taipei in the semi-finals. Hung and Tuyen will have a chance to fight again next month as both have qualified for the Olympics in Tokyo.
On June 16, Nguyen Thi Anh Tuyet pocketed a silver in the women’s 57kg class. The unseeded player shocked No 4 Laetitia Aoun of the hosts 12-0 in the quarter-finals before beating No 1 Chen Yu-Chuang of Chinese Taipei 5-4 in the last four. Chen previously knocked Tuyet out of an Olympic qualification tournament last month.
Tuyet however fell 28-11 to No 3 Kim Yu-jin of the Republic of Korea in the final.
Ho Thi Kim Ngan, who was seeded No 4 in the women’s 53kg pool, had an unsuccessful event as she was eliminated in the first round by Ghazal Soltani of Iran.
The Asian championship, which was on June 14-18, lured nearly 340 athletes from 28 countries and territories competing in 16 pools for both men and women.
Vietnamese players will fly to Kazakhstan to continue their training until July 10 when Tuyen and her coach Kim Ki-tae take part in the Tokyo Games./.
Vietnam taekwondo star claims gold at Asian championship
Truong Thi Kim Tuyen clinched a gold medal for Vietnam at the Asian Taekwondo Championships in Lebanon on Thursday.
In the final of the 49 kg category, Tuyen defeated Uzbek fighter Madinabonu Mannopova, runner-up at Asian Games 2019. The intense match ended with a close win 25-24 for Tuyen.
Since Tuyen was seeded first in the tournament, she didn’t have to participate in the first game. In the quarterfinals and semifinals, Tuyen beat opponents from Tajikistan and Taiwan to enter the final.
Last month, Tuyen also grabbed a Tokyo Olympic ticket for Vietnamese taekwondo.
The Asian Taekwondo Championships took place in Lebanon from June 16 to 18. A total of 337 athletes from 28 countries and territories in the region participated in the event.
Vietnam’s four-member team at the tournament included South Korean expert Kim Kil Tae and two other female athletes: Ho Thi Kim Ngan (53 kg) and Nguyen Thi Anh Tuyet (57 kg).
Tuyet went on to collect a silver at the championships.
On Saturday, the taekwondo team will travel to Kazakhstan to continue training. Expert Kim and Tuyen will fly to Tokyo on July 19 to compete in the Olympics.
Previously, to prepare for Olympic qualifiers and the Asian Taekwondo Championships, the national taekwondo team left for overseas training on April 14. For the past two months, the team have trained in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, before competing in Jordan and Lebanon.
National futsal team to compete at tournament in Spain
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam will take part in an international four-side futsal tournament in Spain in August in preparation for their World Cup campaign.
The team just completed a 21-day quarantine period in HCM City and returned home on Thursday after qualifying for the event in the UAE in May.
They will join their club teammates to compete on the second leg of the National Futsal Championship in mid-July if the COVID-19 pandemic is put under control, according to Trần Anh Tú, head of Futsal Department of Việt Nam Football Federation (VFF).
The national team will have their next training camp in early August. They will have a training course in Spain from August 25. At the tournament, Việt Nam will play Japan, Guatemala and the hosts.
Before leaving for the Lithuania World Cup from September 12 to October 3, they are expected to have a game against a leading Spanish club.
The VFF is also in discussions for a friendly match with the Moroccan national team on September 6.
Việt Nam will play Brazil in their first group stage match on September 13.
According to the organisers, VAR will be used at this year’s World Cup.—
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