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Oman condemn Việt Nam to fourth defeat in a row

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Nguyễn Tiến Linh on the ball against Oman last night during his side’s 3-1 defeat.  — Photo thethaovanhoa.vn

Peter Cowan

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam slumped to their fourth defeat in four World Cup qualifiers last night away to Oman, all but ending their hopes of booking a place in Qatar 2022.

The 3-1 defeat in Muscat means the Vietnamese side are rooted to the bottom of Group B of the third round of qualifying, and with three of their final six fixtures against heavyweights Japan and Australia, qualification from this position would be nothing short of a miracle.

Though the match was punctuated with lengthy VAR reviews and some questionable decisions going against Việt Nam, coach Park Hang-seo can have little to complain about as his side put in a sloppy performance.

Just 13 minutes in, Việt Nam conceded a penalty after fullback Hồ Tấn Tài caught Oman’s Ali Al-Busaidi with a flailing arm.

The infraction was spotted by VAR, but much to Tài’s relief, Mohsin Al-Khaldi blazed the penalty over debutant goalkeeper Nguyễn Văn Toàn’s bar.

Tài was to make amends in the 39th minute by setting up a goal to follow on from his strike against China last week.

The 23-year-old won the ball deep in Omani territory with a well-timed sliding tackle, drove into the box and took a shot. His deflected effort was parried by Oman goalkeeper Faiz Al-Rushaidi into the path of striker Nguyễn Tiến Linh, who tapped in for his second goal in two matches.

After a VAR review lasting several minutes, the goal was confirmed much to Việt Nam’s relief, but they were unable to go into the break with their lead intact.

In the opening minute of first-half injury time, the Vietnamese defence failed to fully clear a lofted free-kick delivery from Oman and after the ball bounced in the box, Issam Al Sabhi was on hand to fire an overhead kick into the net.

The second half was only four minutes old when Việt Nam fell behind, yet again from a set-piece. Mohsin Al-Khaldi’s corner kick evaded every player in the box to sail straight into the net and while Toàn may have been blocked off slightly, the young goalkeeper should have done better.

The third goal wrapped things up for the home side, with a little help from VAR. This time, Đỗ Duy Mạnh was adjudged to have caught Jameel Al-Yahmadi with a flailing arm in the box.

The decision seemed harsh and was only spotted with the help of slow-motion replay, but nevertheless, it was a careless piece of play from the defender.

This time, Salaah Al-Yahyaei stepped up and promptly dispatched the penalty, sealing Việt Nam’s fate.

The away side came close to pulling a goal back late on when Nguyễn Công Phượng cracked the inside of the post with a thunderous drive from range, but it wasn’t to be.

Việt Nam will return home for their next two matches in about a month, but with Japan and group leaders Saudi Arabia set to visit Hà Nội, it looks set to be anything but a happy homecoming. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/sports/1058447/oman-condemn-viet-nam-to-fourth-defeat-in-a-row.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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