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Hosts edge closer to football semis

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Captain Đỗ Hùng Dũng celebrates his goal during the 31st SEA Games match between Việt Nam and Myanmar. Việt Nam win 1-0. VNA/ Photo Hoàng Linh

 Anh Đức

PHÚ THỌ — Việt Nam have edged closer to the semifinals after winning 1-0 against Myanmar in their third match in Group A of the SEA Games men’s football.

The Golden Star Warriors ran into the same trouble as their previous draw against the Philippines. A low-block Myanmar defence made hard work for the Vietnamese until the 76th minute when captain Đỗ Hùng Dũng scored the solitary goal.

Contrary to the pundit opinion, Myanmar started the match attacking and created surprising pressure on the hosts. In the third minute, Moe Aung breached the Vietnamese defence, but Nguyễn Văn Toản saved his shot.

But Myanmar could not keep the pressure for long, and Việt Nam soon reclaimed possession and control of the game. Lý Công Hoàng Anh was instrumental in Việt Nam’s play, creating multiple chances for his teammates upfront.

Việt Nam’s most dangerous chance in the first half came with a header from Tiến Linh. Việt Nam’s World Cup qualifier’s top scorer rose above everyone and headed goalward, but Pyae Phyo Thu acrobatically saved it, and the first half ended 0-0.

Coach Park Hang-seo brought on changes to bolster the attack in the second half, with Lê Văn Đô replacing Vũ Tiến Long as a right wingback.

Văn Đô made a sudden impact with his dribble inside the box in the 59th minute. His shot, however, was tame, and Pyae Phyo Thu was able to clutch it safely.

Việt Nam pushed forward in the last twenty minutes and got closer and closer to Myanmar’s goal. Hoàng Đức had a powerful shot outside of the box in the 71st minute, reminiscent of his goal against Indonesia three years ago, but this time he blazed over.

As the rain started showering down in Việt Trì Stadium, the Burmese defence collapsed. In the 76th minute, Lê Văn Đô got inside the box again and crossed low for Hùng Dũng to fire home.

Two minutes later, Nhâm Mạnh Dũng almost doubled Việt Nam’s lead, but Myanmar’s keeper saved his shot at the near post. The rain got harder, and both defences made clumsy mistakes, but no more goals were scored, and Việt Nam secured the needed victory.

Earlier on at Việt Trì Stadium, Indonesia continued their rebound streak, and the 2019 SEA Games silver medalists dismantled the Philippines 4-0 with goals from Muhamad Ridwan and Rizky Ridho in the first half, before young talents Egy Maulana and Marselino Ferdinan complete the Garudas’ dominating performance in the last 15 minutes of the match.

With these results, Việt Nam are back at the top of group A and almost sure to advance to the semi-finals, should they not lose by four goals against Timor-Leste in their next match on Sunday. The latter are already eliminated along with the Philippines.

Indonesia and Myanmar are on 6 points, with Indonesia ahead on goal difference. Both teams will face off on Sunday when Myanmar must win to book a place in the semis.

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/sports/1191316/hosts-edge-closer-to-football-semis.html

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Thai judokas take top spot in mixed event

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Nguyễn Ngọc Diễm Phương (in white) competes with Myat Neo Wai Chu of Myanmar in the mixed event at the SEA Games 31 on May 22. VNA/ Photo Quang Quyết

Thanh Nga

HÀ NỘI — The Thai judokas brought home the gold medal in the mixed event on May 22.

The event was held at Hoài Đức Gymnasium in Hà Nội.

In the final, Thailand competed with Indonesia with six pairs of athletes in six weight classes. Thailand defeated Indonesia 4-2 to take the gold.

The Indonesian team won silver.

The bronze medal went to Việt Nam as they defeated Myanmar 4-2. The Vietnamese team had Hà Thị Nga competing in the women’s +70kg category, Nguyễn Châu Hoàng Lân in the men’s +90kg, Nguyễn Ngọc Diễm Phương in the women -57kg, Nguyễn Hải Bá in the men’s -73kg, Nguyễn Thị Hường in the women’s -70 kg and Lê Anh Tài in the men’s -90kg.

Although it rained heavily, many fans came to the gymnasium to cheer for the martial artists.

After five days of competition, Việt Nam topped the team’s rankings with nine gold, one silver and three bronze medals.

Head Coach of the Vietnamese judo team Nguyễn Duy Khanh expressed his satisfaction with the efforts and results of the Vietnamese team. After the SEA Games, the athletes will prepare for the Paris 2024 Olympic qualifiers.

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/sports/1204162/thai-judokas-take-top-spot-in-mixed-event.html

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Historical play on President Hồ Chí Minh released

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The image of Uncle Hồ was depicted faithfully in the play “The 72nd Letter”.  — Photo courtesy of Lệ Ngọc Theatre

HÀ NỘI — The newly premiered play ‘Lá đơn thứ 72′ at Lệ Ngọc Theatre evoked strong emotions in the audience due to its accurate depiction of President Hồ Chí Minh, who always fought for the underprivileged.

Hoàng Thanh Du, the play’s author, said that it was based on real documents of lawyer Nguyễn Trọng Tỵ,  former Judge of the Supreme People’s Court, who helped clarify many wrongful conviction cases.

Lá đơn thứ 72′ (The 72nd Letter) tells the story of Đỗ Minh, a Party member and former local official who was sentenced to eight years in prison for murder.

To prove his innocence, Minh penned a series of letters pleading for help while in prison. After 72 consecutive letters, his request reached President Hồ Chí Minh.

Uncle Hồ then sought a re-investigation of this case after noticing Minh’s compliance with prison regulations and his practice of setting aside a small amount of money to pay the Party fee.

He believes that for a Party member with such strong faith in the Party, his sentence may be unjust.

People’s Artist Lê Tiến Thọ, who participated in the staging of the play, said that this is one of the theatre’s best scripts depicting President Hồ.

The creative team faced a significant task, in his opinion, in conveying the message to follow Hồ Chí Minh’s thought, morality and lifestyle on stage.

“We try to set up the stage, get the sound, light, actors’ performances, and artists’ language to work together so that the audience, especially young people, can enjoy this play. Hopefully, it will be a special theatrical work to celebrate the 132nd anniversary of President Hồ Chí Minh’s birthday,” Thọ said.

People’s Artist Vương Duy Biên said when reviewed the screenplay, he envisioned a tranquil Hà Nội from previous decades on the stage.

Biên added that he was touched when he read documents about Uncle Hồ’s trips and will aim to faithfully portray Hồ Chí Minh on stage.

In addition to ‘Lá đơn thứ 72′, Lệ Ngọc Theatre also staged a new play named ‘Truyền tích Chùa Một Cột’ (The Legend of One Pillar Pagoda).

It’s a play of history and mystery, written with the aim that the young generation can appreciate this unique heritage more.

The drama recreates the Lý dynasty’s golden era through the story of the One Pillar Pagoda’s foundation.

The image of King Lý Thái Tông, the second king of the Lý dynasty, stands out. He thought that the country and its people should be ruled with humanity in mind.

The show also helps people learn more about the One Pillar Pagoda, which is a unique symbol of Buddhist culture in Việt Nam.

With intricate staging, fascinating scripts, and captivating plots, the two theatrical pieces are certain to evoke unforgettable feelings in the audience. VNS

Source: http://ovietnam.vn/sports/historical-play-on-president-ho-chi-minhreleased_334038.html

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PM congratulates Vietnamese women’s football team

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Vietnamese players celebrate their victory. VNA/ Photo

Bảo Ngọc

HÀ NỘI — State leaders have congratulated the Vietnamese women’s football team on winning the gold medal on May 21.

President Nguyễn Xuân Phúc praised Huỳnh Như and her teammates for their successful competition, which brought endless joy to fans throughout the country. President Phúc also praised coach Mai Đức Chung, the coaching staff, and the players for their accomplishments.

He thanked the sports fans for bringing the love of sport and national pride together at Cẩm Phả Stadium and across the nation, creating spiritual strength for the “female warriors” to go through each match, especially the final, to bring glory to the country, and pride for Vietnamese women’s football.

Shortly after the final match, Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính sent a letter of congratulations to the Vietnamese women’s soccer team.

PM Chính expressed his delight that the players successfully defended their top place at the SEA Games for the seventh time. 

“With courage, determination, and intelligence, the women’s football team once again shone and contributed an outstanding gold medal to the 391 SEA Games medals of the Việt Nam delegation,” he wrote. 

PM Chính congratulated the women’s football team on their victory and emphasised that it would inspire the Vietnamese sports delegation to be more determined and succeed in upcoming competitions.

After the final match, the players also received congratulations from National Assembly Chairman Vương Đình Huệ through the President of Việt Nam Football Federation (VFF) Trần Quốc Tuấn.

According to Tuấn, the VFF decided to award VNĐ2 billion (US$86,000) to the Vietnamese women’s team following their final match. He stated that it was a miracle accomplished by Vietnamese players under the intelligent direction of head coach Mai Đức Chung.

In addition, Quảng Ninh Province also awarded the players VNĐ1 billion, Tuần Châu Group and Thanh Niên Newspaper awarded VNĐ1 billion, TTP Coal Corporation gave them VNĐ500 million in rewards, and the SEA Games Organising Committee offered a bonus of VNĐ100 million for their efforts.

Notably, FE Credit Company also decided to award VNĐ3 billion to the team.

The total reward for the Vietnamese women’s football team for the final night has reached VNĐ7.6 billion ($328,000). —  

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/sports/1204154/pm-congratulates-vietnamese-womens-football-team.html

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