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Việt Nam in Group B of AFF Cup 2020

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Việt Nam celebrate winning the AFF Cup 2018. Việt Nam have been drawn in Group B for the rescheduled AFF Cup 2020. Photo baochinhphu.vn

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HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam have discovered who they will face as they begin their defence of the AFF Cup.

They have been drawn in Group B and will play Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia and Laos after the draw was made by the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) in Singapore yesterday.

Group A consists of Thailand, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore and Brunei or Timor Leste.

The play-off match for the final place between Timor Leste and Brunei will take place on December 1. The draw saw Timor Leste confirmed as the away team in the one-off game.

Last year, the AFF decided to postpone the AFF Cup 2020 due to the spread of COVID-19 but now it is rescheduled to be held from December 5, 2021 to January 1, 2022.

Currently, the AFF is still actively working with member federations and co-operative units to decide on a neutral venue for the tournament.

Khiev Sameth, AFF’s chairman said at the draw it is a special event for all. This is the time when people overcome the coronavirus pandemic and bring to the audience impressive performances of the players, he said. 

The event will offer good matches, but it also must ensure the health of the players and participants in the event. 

In the group stage, the first and second-placed teams in each group will advance to two-legged semi-finals.

The two winners of the semi-finals will compete in the first leg’s on December 29, 2021 and the second leg’s on January 1, 2022.

In the 2018 tournament, Thailand were the defending champions, but lost to Malaysia in the semi-finals.

Việt Nam won the tournament after a 3–2 victory over two legs in the final against Malaysia to secure their second title. 

Nguyễn Quang Hải was voted player of the tournament, his three goals helped lift the trophy.

In the first leg of the final, Việt Nam drew 2-2 with Malaysia at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium, Kuala Lumpur.

In the return leg at the Mỹ Đình National Stadium a six minute strike from Nguyễn Anh Đức was enough to secure the victory. 

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Vietnamese actress to play in Hollywood movie “The Continental”

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Actress Nhung Kate will travel to Hungary to act in “The Continental”, a prequel to the John Wick series.

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Actress Nhung Kate.

According to Variety, the cast of “The Continental” series, a John Wick prequel, has just been announced, with the main roles for Mel Gibson, Colin Woodell… Other stars include Hubert Point-Du Jour, Jessica Allain, Mishel Prada, Ben Robson and Nhung Kate.

In the series about the criminal world, Nhung Kate’s character is a killer named Yen.

Nhung Kate officially confirmed the information on her personal page on October 20. “I’m very happy to share with you: Nhung will be playing in The Continental project, a prequel to Keanu Reeves’ John Wick series. The Continental will be a TV series about a special three-night event, produced by Lionsgate Television for Starz”.

Filming of this movie will begin in November in Budapest, Hungary.

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 Nhung Kate and her boyfriend Johnny Tri Nguyen. 

Nhung Kate noted the fate that helped her get there started three years ago. After watching a film she starred in, director Oliver Stone contacted her management company in the United States to invite her to act. That project was postponed, but she stayed in touch with the company, encouraged by them to develop her acting skills. A few months ago she got invitations to participate in the new project. After filming a few scenes for the audition, she was accepted. The actress has been practicing martial arts for the past two years. Her boyfriend, actor Johnny Tri Nguyen, who is also a kungfu master, helps her practice English and martial arts.

Nhung Kate was born in 1989 in Hai Phong. She studied acting at Hanoi Art College. She starred in many films such as: Grandma doesn’t like to eat pizza, The secret of the golden triangle, Soul capture, Super thief, Cho Lon Dust, The Housemaid, Bitcoin Heist and Three. Her role in The Maid earned her nominations at the Blue Star Award and the Vietnam Film Festival, as well as the Special Jury Prize at the 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival.

According to Deadline, ‘The Continental’ will explore the origin behind the hotel-for-assassins, which increasingly has become the centerpiece of the John Wick universe. This will be accomplished through the eyes and actions of a young Winston Scott (Woodell), who is dragged into the Hell-scape of a 1975 New York City to face a past he thought he’d left behind.

The John Wick trilogy has grossed almost $600 million worldwide. The films have been scripted by Derek Kolstad and directed by Chad Stahelski. John Wick: Chapter Four is currently shooting in Germany, France and Japan with Reeves reprising his assassin character.

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My Dinh Stadium allowed to welcome 30 pct of viewers for Vietnam’s matches in World Cup qualifiers

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My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi will be open at 30 percent of its capacity when Vietnam host Japan and Saudi Arabia in the final round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers.

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Football fans in Vietnam. (Photo: VNA)

My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi will be open at 30 percent of its capacity when Vietnam host Japan and Saudi Arabia in the final round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers.

The People’s Committee of Hanoi has approved a plan on the organisation of the matches, announced the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) on October 21.

The two games will take place on November 11 and five days later, respectively. 

To be eligible for entering the stadium, spectators must be fully vaccinated with the second shot being injected at least 14 days or recover from COVID-19 within six months; test negative for the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 within 72 hours before kick-off; and follow the Ministry of Health’s 5K message. 

Vietnam have yet to collect any points after four matches and are at the bottom of Group B of the final qualifying round, which they played for the first time ever.
 
Vietnam are of the same group with Japan, Australia, Saudi Arabia, China and Oman./.

Source: VNA

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Pianist Dang Thai Son’s student comes first at int’l Chopin piano competition

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Canadian pianist Bruce Xiaoyu Li, student of renowned Vietnamese pianist Dang Thai Son, has won the first prize at the 18th Chopin piano competition in Warsaw, Poland, which is considered the world’s most prestigious music awards.

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Canadian pianist Bruce Xiaoyu Li (Photo courtesy of Chopin Institute).

Canadian pianist Bruce Xiaoyu Li, student of renowned Vietnamese pianist Dang Thai Son, has won the first prize at the 18th Chopin piano competition in Warsaw, Poland, which is considered the world’s most prestigious music awards.

Another student of Son, JJ Bui, won the 6th prize.

Son, who himself was the first Asian to win first prize and the gold medal at the same competition in 1980, expressed his pride on his students’ achievements on Facebook. The Vietnamese pianist is now teaching at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in the US.

Held every five years since 1927, the Chopin competition would normally have been held last year, but was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year’s competition, held from October 2-23, drew 87 pianists from 18 nations across the globe, including 22 from China, 16 from Poland and 14 from Japan.

Broadcast live on YouTube and via a bespoke mobile app, the contest attracted record online interest. Some 70,000 people watched the result streamed online./.

Source: VNA

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