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France beat Australia 4-1 in opener as Giroud equals scoring record

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France started their World Cup title defence in style with a 4-1 comeback win against Australia on Tuesday, with Olivier Giroud scoring two goals to become Les Bleus’ joint all-time top scorer.

Giroud netted before and after the break to take his tally to 51 goals, matching Thierry Henry’s mark. He scored either side of a Kylian Mbappe goal after Adrien Rabiot had levelled for France following Craig Goodwin’s shock early opener.

Les Bleus are the first defending champions to win their opening match since Brazil in 2006, which has already put them in a good position to advance from the group phase, something Italy in 2010, Spain in 2014 and Germany in 2018 failed to do.

France, whose defender Lucas Hernandez was ruled out of the World Cup after picking up a serious knee injury in the first half, have three points and lead Tunisia and Denmark by two after they played out a 0-0 draw on Tuesday.

Didier Deschamps’s side, who started the tournament on the back of the disappointment of striker Karim Benzema being ruled out injured last Saturday, next face Denmark on Saturday.

“We got a scare but reacted quickly afterwards. Even if we could have scored more goals, we found each other, we were efficient,” said 36-year-old Giroud, who is now France’s oldest scorer in the World Cup.

“It’s very good for our self-confidence to have turned things around. We’ll have to learn from these little mistakes however.”

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Group D - France v Australia - Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah, Qatar - November 23, 2022 France fans celebrate after the match. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Group D – France v Australia – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah, Qatar – November 23, 2022 France fans celebrate after the match. Photo: Reuters

Australia coach Graham Arnold said his team ran out of gas against a superior side.

“Look, at the end of the day, they’re are a quality side. They are world champions for a reason,” he added.

“I thought the first half, we did well. Second half, we ran out of legs a bit, but that’s the type of level of those players play at.”

Poor start

It was not quite the start France were expecting at the Al Janoub stadium.

Australia’s Goodwin smacked the ball into the roof of the net from Mathew Leckie’s cross from the right, leaving Lucas Hernandez holding his right knee after being beaten to the ball after nine minutes.

Hernandez’s brother Theo came on as a substitute and France continued to struggle to create space, with only Mbappe threatening on his left flank.

Australia were much more direct, making the most of Les Bleus’s non-existent midfield.

It was Rabiot who levelled in the 27th, however, leaving his marker behind to head home from Hernandez’s cross.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Group D - France v Australia - Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah, Qatar - November 22, 2022 France's Dayot Upamecano in action with Australia's Mathew Leckie. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Group D – France v Australia – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah, Qatar – November 22, 2022 France’s Dayot Upamecano in action with Australia’s Mathew Leckie. Photo: Reuters

With Mbappe moving more centrally, the Australia defence had another problem to deal with and that was clear when the Paris St Germain forward’s backheel inside the area was collected by Rabiot, who slid the ball across for Giroud to tap in.

France played more freely from then on, with Antoine Griezmann’s low shot going just wide and Mbappe skying his attempt over the bar as he raced to meet Griezmann’s cross from the right.

Australia kept France on their toes and came close shortly before halftime when Jackson Irvine’s header grazed Hugo Lloris’s right-hand post after a rebound.

Mbappe caused more chaos early in the second half but could not quite find the breakthrough, until he silenced the Australia fans, who in the first half were shouting ‘Who are you?’ at him, with a glancing header in the 68th minute.

Three minutes later, Giroud headed home from Mbappe’s cross before falling on his back in apparent disbelief and being surrounded by his team mates in a goal celebration that lasted longer than usual, giving an exhilarating feel to France’s win.

It took Giroud, who owed his place in the starting lineup to Benzema’s absence, 115 international appearances to score his 51 goals, while Henry needed 123 from 1997-2010.

There were more chances for France through Theo Hernandez and Ibrahima Konate but the result was already satisfying enough, bearing in mind that in 2002 their title defence started with a 1-0 loss to Senegal followed by a first-round exit.

Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/sports/20221123/france-beat-australia-41-in-opener-as-giroud-equals-scoring-record/70145.html

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National Sports Games to take part in December

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The ninth National Sports Games will begin open on December in 11 cities and provinces with Quảng Ninh the main locality. The NSG will be the largest in scale with more than 17,000 participants. Photo toquoc.vn

HÀ NỘI — The 2022 National Sports Games (NSG) will be held in Quảng Ninh Province from December 9-21.

This is the ninth time the event has been organised and will attract more than 17,000 athletes, coaches, officials, referees, staff, volunteers and others.

The Games will see delegations from 63 cities and provinces, the military and public security teams.

Quảng Ninh will be the main locality hosting 21 sports. Ten other cities and provinces including Hà Nội, Hải Phòng and Bắc Ninh will take responsibility for the rest.

The opening ceremony will take place at the Sun Carnival Hạ Long Square on December 9. The closing ceremony is on December 21 at the Đại Yên Sports Complex in Hạ Long City.

“The Games which is organised quadrennially will review our sporting activities in the last four years, especially to evaluate our training and competing in elite sport,” said Dr Đặng Việt Hà, director of the Việt Nam Sports Administration.

“Through the review, we will pick up the talented athletes for the national teams which will compete in the coming international tournaments including the 32nd SEA Games in Cambodia and the 19th Asian Games in China in 2023 and the qualifications for the 2024 Paris Olympics.”.

According to organisers, almost 10,000 athletes will compete in 43 sports at more than 900 events.

Hà Nội, HCM City and the Military will send the largest number of participants. They are also the title favourite teams of the Games. Meanwhile Điện Biên, Bắc Kạn and Ninh Thuận has smallest competitors.

Football and futsal are the two sports with the most athletes while golf and gymnastics have the least.

Fifteen sports will be completed prior to the opening ceremony because of their international competition schedules.

Currently, rowing events have wrapped up with HCM City topping the podium, followed by Đà Nẵng and Hải Dương.

Shooting will close today while football and karate are ongoing.

“In short, most of our preparation activities have been done. We took advantage of facilities, services and experience from the 31st SEA Games in May. We will apply all the best at the coming NSG,” said Trần Đức Phấn, head of the NSG’s Technical Subcommittee

“We also train referees and staff again to improve and update their quality and knowledge.”

About doping activities, the organisers said a Medical Subcommittee has been working hard to make sure of a fair and honest Games.

About 100 athletes will be selected to be randomly tested. The number is small compared with the total competitors but according to Nguyễn Văn Phú,  director of the Việt Nam National Center for Anti-Doping & Sports Medicine, it was double that in the 2018 Games. The shortage of expenses is the main reason for this low rate of tests.

The subcommittee officials and staff are available to popularise and support athletes and coaches on all issues concerning doping. They also carry out programmes to guide and help sports people understand clearly about this matter.

The organisers will cooperate with Health Bridge, an NGO focusing on making urban neighbourhoods more livable and conducive to healthy lifestyles, to promote sport without smoking movement.

At the eighth NSG in 2018, hosts Hà Nội topped the medal tally with 176 golds, 149 silvers and 139 bronzes. HCM City were second (118, 101, 103 ) and the Military third (59, 61, 86). VNS

Source: http://ovietnam.vn/sports/national-sports-games-to-take-part-in-december_339591.html

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Sublime goals help Hà Nội brush aside Bình Định in National Cup final

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Hà Nội FC players and coaches celebrate their third National Cup triumph on Saturday in Hà Nội. The club defeat BÌnh Định 2-0 in the final to defend their title. Photo of VPF

HÀ NỘI — Two world-class goals from Hà Nội FC toppled Toppenland Bình Định in the National Cup final at the Hàng Đẫy Stadium at the weekend.

Hà Nội defended their title and hold the trophy for the third season in a row, the first club to do so.

They won in 2019, 2020 and 2022, as the 2021 season was cancelled because of the pandemic.

Before the match, Bình Định’s coach Nguyễn Đức Thắng said his players were there to cause an upset and did not deny their ambition to win the National Cup for the first time.

They made Hà Nội’s players work hard to protect their net in the first half, with foreign duo Rafaelson Bezerra Fernandes and Hendrio Araujo Dasilva threatening. However, neither could find the back of the net. 

Đoàn Văn Hậu scored the opener from 30m distance. Photos courtesy of VPF

Five minutes after the break, defender Đoàn Văn Hậu opened the scoring with a screamer from 30 metres outs.

Hậu broke through the left wing and let fly for the far corner. National goalkeeper Đặng Văn Lâm used all his 1.88m frame but was unable to stop the ball.  

“I just wanted to test my skills. Luckily, it was a goal,” said Hậu.

“I have overcome many problems to get back to football. The goal is a strong push for me. My effort helped us get a sweet result.”

While the goal lifted Hà Nội, it put Bình Định at sixes and sevens, and they never looked likely to claw one back. 

The second goal came to Hà Nội in the 82nd minute, a sublime effort by Trương Văn Thái Quý, who took a punt from more than 70m, lobbing the red-faced goalkeeper Lâm.

Revenge was sweet for Hà Nội, who lost to Bình Định 3-0 in their recent V.League 1 match.

“It was the moment of decision. I saw Lâm was far from his net and decided to shoot. I did not think it would be a goal, but it was,” said Quý.

“Previously, I scored a goal from the central area and some lucky goals from the team, but this one is the best goal in my career, from a 70-75m. It was incredible, especially when my parents watched me from the stand.

“No words can describe my feeling now. I am blown away!!!”

Midfielder Trương Văn Thái Quý celebrates what he calls the ‘best goal of his career’. He scored from more than 70m out. 

“This is my perfect season. I have worked hard and found a spot in the first team. I have just extended my contract with Hà Nội. I have won two titles this year,” he said.

Last week, Hà Nội lifted the V.League 1 trophy, returning to the top of domestic football after the 2021 season was cancelled.

Their third National Cup places them on the same level as Sông Lam Nghệ An, who won in 2002, 2010 and 2017, and Becamex Bình Dương 1994, 2015 and 2018.

The win was also a happy ending for head coach Chun Jea-ho who will leave the club after failing to make a new deal with the club.

He is the first foreign coach to win both V.League 1 and National Cup with Hà Nội. VNS

 

Source: http://ovietnam.vn/sports/sublime-goals-help-ha-noi-brush-asidebinh-dinh-in-national-cup-final_339583.html

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Duân wins Hanoi Midnight marathon title, eyes SEA Games slot

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Vũ Đình Duân crosses the finish line to take the gold medal in the VnExpress Marathon Hanoi Midnight on Sunday. Photos vnexpress.net

HÀ NỘI — Vũ Đình Duân won the VnExpress Marathon Hanoi Midnight on Sunday and set himself a target of a place at the SEA Games.

Duân finished first in the men’s 42km category with a time of 2:45.15, ahead of many strong runners.

Đặng Anh Quyết, one of the top candidates of the tournament, came second clocking 2:46.02 and Tô Tấn Tài was at third on 2:46.16.

Duân could not hide his happiness after winning his first gold medal from a full marathon event. It was his second title in a row after he won a duathlon event at Aquaman Vietnam last month.

Duân completed the 5km swim and 21km run after about 1:59.24 in Quảng Ninh Province’s Móng Cái City, where he is from.

“I am very happy with the victory because VnExpress Midnight marathon is one of the largest events in the running community as almost all the strongest runners participated,” Duân said.

“After winning the Aquaman and now the Midnight marathon, I am confident in myself seeing that my results have been going up quite well. It will be a strong push for me if am to compete in the coming National Sports Games.

“I will not take part in any event until the Games in December. I will have to prepare my best for this important tournament. The high result will help me to complete my target of earning a berth in the national team for the 2023 SEA Games.”

In the women’s 42km, national team member Lèo Thị Tình finished first with a time of 3:08.31.

Lèo Thị Tình claims her first full marathon title in the VnExpress series.

Tình went ahead from the off and lead for almost all of the women’s race. She set a big gap with the closest runners before touching the finish line and winning her first VnExpress marathon title after several misses.

Thái Thị Hồng came second at 3:20.33 and Nguyễn Thị Đường was third with a time of 3:27.28.

In the half marathon class, Nguyễn Danh Cao made strong sprints to separate from the leading pack near the finish line. 

His time was 1:15.15 was more than two minutes faster than runner-up Nguyễn Hoàng Hưng. Hoàng Hữu Hanh came third on 1:17.56.

“I was a little worried as my rivals were strong,” Cao said.

“They were close to me during the race. Luckily, I separated from them in the last kilometres and won. This result was in my plan and I am happy with it.”

The women’s 21km title went to Hà Thị Hậu who ran 1:22.25. 

Hậu is a rising star in the running community as she has run for more than two years but grabbed victories in a number of trail tournaments. She has begun road races for several months.

Hậu was behind only 11 male runners in this category. 

“Winning whatever tournament gives me the same feeling, I am happy with the victory,” said Hậu.

“I do not set a winning target when running the Midnight race. I just run my best and encourage all runners that I met on the road.”

In the 10km pool, Cao Ngọc Hà, Alexandre Videau and Trần Quang Độ were the top three in the men’s race while Nguyễn Thị Nga, Đặng Thị Việt Trinh and Nguyễn Thị Ánh dominated the women’s race, respectively.

The 5km run saw Sơn Tiến Phát and Trương Đức Anh Thư as male and female winners.

A runner competes in a cosplay.

Almost 10,000 elite and amateur runners registered to participate in the event. The number was double that of the first edition in 2020.

Athletes competed in different categories of age groups, distances and genders, vying for a total bonus of VNĐ1.5 billion (US$60,500) in prize money.

Among the participants were 2,000 children from six to 10 years old, running in the Kun Marathon on Saturday morning.

 

Apart from main prizes, runners also compete in the category of most impressive cosplay. 

This year, organisers opened a new category for teams and 36 groups from different localities from Hà Nội to HCM City vied for the top place.

A special award was given to athletes with the best cosplay costume this year. VNS

 

Source: http://ovietnam.vn/sports/duan-wins-hanoi-midnight-marathon-title-eyes-sea-games-slot_339555.html

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