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Ho Chi Minh City Wings deal first loss to Thang Long Warriors in overtime

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The Thang Long Warriors, last year’s Vietnam Professional Basketball League (VBA) runners-up, suffered their first defeat this season against the Ho Chi Minh City Wings in a neck and neck performance that stretched into overtime.

The trend in this year’s VBA season seems to be a widespread dependence on trios of two foreign players and one Vietnamese player for both defense and offense. 

Both the Warriors and the Wings used this tactic successfully throughout their first games of the season.

The Warriors’ Tim Guers and Jordan Young are the two foreign players on the team’s ‘trio,’ with each able to find the net both inside and outside the three-point line. 

On the Wings, veteran player Vincent Nguyen has earned himself a key position thanks to his ability to clear the court for his two foreign teammates, Makinde London and Jeremy Smith. 

The Warriors and the Wings met each other in Game 9 of the VBA Premier Bubble Games – Brought to you by NovaWorld Phan Thiet at the VBA-NTU Arena, with the Warriors heavily favored thanks to their second place finish in the league last season.

From left to right, Ho Chi Minh City Wings’ Makinde London, Jeremy Smith, and Vincent Nguyen. Photo: Vietnam Professional Basketball League
From left to right, Ho Chi Minh City Wings’ Makinde London, Jeremy Smith, and Vincent Nguyen. Photo: Vietnam Professional Basketball League

Being favored, however, did not translate to a stellar performance as the Wings’ defense spent the first half of the game continuously shutting down the Warriors’ offense.

During the second half, both teams went on the attack, leading to a 79-79 tie at the end of regulation.

The Warriors got off to a weak start when team captain Thai Hung and foreign players Tim Guers and Bryan Coleman fouled out at the beginning of the overtime period. 

The Wings were quick to take advantage of the Warriors’ setback and handed them their first defeat at 96-98.

The Wings’ Jeremy Smith was voted Player of the Game thanks to his strong performance and for sinking nearly half his team’s points.

From left to right, Thang Long Warriors’ Jordan Young, Tim Guers, and Bryan Coleman. Photo: Vietnam Professional Basketball League
From left to right, Thang Long Warriors’ Jordan Young, Tim Guers, and Bryan Coleman. Photo: Vietnam Professional Basketball League

The VBA Premier Bubble Games – Brought to you by NovaWorld Phan Thiet is broadcast on OnSports and two over-the-top media services, VTVcab On and Myclip.

Games air from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm every day, as well as 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm on Sundays. 

Fans can also catch replays on digital platforms including the VBA’s verified YouTube channel, the Bong Ro TV Facebook page, and the Bong Ro TV YouTube channel.

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/sports/20211023/ho-chi-minh-city-wings-deal-first-loss-to-thang-long-warriors-in-overtime/63714.html

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Việt Nam struggle to win over minnows Laos in AFF Cup opener

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Vietnamese players celebrate the first goal by Nguyễn Công Phượng in the victory over Laos. Photo 24h.com.vn

Anh Đức & Peter Cowan

HÀ NỘI  — Việt Nam began their defence of the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Cup with a stuttering 2-0 win against Laos in Singapore on Monday night.

The tournament, delayed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is a chance for coach Park Hang-seo’s men to return to winning ways after a difficult World Cup campaign, but if they are to go all the way and win it again, they will have to improve on the performance in Bishan Stadium.

Minnows Laos struggled to lay a glove on Việt Nam but battled for the entire 90 minutes and can be proud of a commendable performance.

Việt Nam started without key players Nguyễn Quang Hải and Quế Ngọc Hải, an indication perhaps of how Park anticipated the game unfolding.

Laos gave a first cap to naturalised striker Billy Ketkeophomphone, but the French Ligue 2 player was isolated up front and struggled to make an impact in the early exchanges.

Việt Nam dominated the ball in the first half but were made to wait until the 27th minute for the opening goal.

Midfielder Nguyễn Hoàng Đức played in Nguyễn Phong Hồng Duy with a delightful ball down the left, allowing the fullback to square the ball across the box. Nguyễn Công Phượng was on hand to sweep the ball home.

Despite having the lion’s share of the ball, Việt Nam were unable to create a second clear-cut opening in the opening period.

In the second half, it was more of the same with Việt Nam camped in the Laos half.

The Vietnamese made the game safe nine minutes into the second half, as Phan Văn Đức headed from an accurate cross from Hồ Tấn Tài.

While the two-goal lead ensure Việt Nam would be leaving with all three points, they struggled to create decent chances to put a gloss on the game.

Indeed Laos almost pulled a goal back in the 72nd minute through Ketkeophomphone when the striker went through on goal, but goalkeeper Trần Nguyên Mạnh was equal to the effort.

Việt Nam immediately broke on the counter and won a penalty when Vũ Văn Thanh’s shot his Chitpasong Latthachack’s hand.

Thanh stepped up to take the spot kick, but his tame effort was easily saved by goalkeeper Keo-Oudone Souvannasangso. 

The match petered out from there, with the Lao players dead on their feet and Việt Nam unable to make another breakthrough.

Park’s men will next face Malaysia on Sunday and if they are to come away with a second win, a better performance will be needed.

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/sports/1094367/viet-nam-struggle-to-win-over-minnows-laos-in-aff-cup-opener.html

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Vietnam’s Kim Duyen stands out at Miss Universe 2021 pageant

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Nguyen Huynh Kim Duyen, the runner-up at the Miss Universe Vietnam 2019, is now in the resort city of Eliat (Israel) for the Miss Universe 2021 pageant.

During her first days in Israel, Kim Duyen visited tourist and cultural sites in Israel and participated in events held by the organizing boards.

The pageant has attracted representatives from 77 countries and territories. The final night is scheduled on December 12.

Originally hailing from the Mekong Delta City of Can Tho, Kim Duyen won the first runner-up title during Miss Universe Vietnam 2019.

Duyen stands at 1.73 meters tall and measures 83-62-89. She is widely viewed as an outstanding person who regularly participates in charitable campaigns throughout Vietnam, including health care for people with HIV/AIDS, support for LGBTQ+ rights, and assistance to poor children attending school.

The 2020 global competition was postponed to May this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nguyen Tran Khanh Van, who was crowned Miss Universe Vietnam 2019, presented Vietnam at the event in Florida in the US, and was named among the Top 21 for receiving the highest number of votes from fans. The Miss Universe Vietnam contest began in 2008 and is organized every two years.

The audience can vote for Kim Duyen on the official website and the Miss Universe site.

Below are the first pictures of Kim Duyen in Israel:

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Vietnam’s Kim Duyen stands out at Miss Universe 2021 pageant
Vietnam’s Kim Duyen stands out at Miss Universe 2021 pageant
Vietnam’s Kim Duyen stands out at Miss Universe 2021 pageant
Vietnam’s Kim Duyen stands out at Miss Universe 2021 pageant
Vietnam’s Kim Duyen stands out at Miss Universe 2021 pageant

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Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/entertainment-sports/vietnam-s-kim-duyen-stands-out-at-miss-universe-2021-pageant-798833.html

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AFF Cup live blog: Việt Nam-Laos

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Việt Nam begin their AFF Cup defence with a cross-border derby against Laos. The match in Singapore kicks off at 7.30pm and you can follow along here so you don’t miss a kick!

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Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/sports/1094206/aff-cup-live-blog-viet-nam-laos.html

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