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Vietnam continue losing streak after FIFA World Cup qualifier defeat against Oman

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Vietnam suffered their fourth consecutive defeat in the final round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers as Oman came from a goal down to hand them a 1-3 loss in their matchup in Muscat on Tuesday night.

Oman had lost two games in succession after a famous opener win over Japan last month, while Vietnam were yet to get off the mark, losing all three of their games, most recently 2-3 against China.

Vietnam took the lead on the first-half courtesy of striker Nguyen Tien Linh’s goal before an equalizer from Issam Al Sabhi, a strike from Mohsin Al Khaldi, and a penalty from Salah Al Yahyaei swung the game in Oman’s favor.

The home side started brightly and were rewarded for their early attacking endeavors with a penalty after 14 minutes, as defender Ho Tan Tai unnecessarily brought down Ali Al Busaidi in the box.

Mohsin stepped up to take the spot-kick but his shot sailed high over the bar to the disappointment of the large crowd at Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex.

Next, Vietnamese goalkeeper Nguyen Van Toan failed to grab hold of the ball properly from a strike in the box by Jameel Al Yahmadi and created an obvious chance for Mohsin, who, however, shot the ball high over the crossbar of the empty net again.

Oman threatened to break the deadlock in the 28th minute with Issam firing a low shot in a favorable position, but Nguyen Phong Hong Duy stretched his leg to rescue the Vietnamese side.

The Golden Stars gradually found their rhythm after the early scares. 

Ho Tan Tai dispossessed an Omani defender deep inside the latter’s half before firing an effort that was parried by goalkeeper Fayez Al Rushaidi but only as far as Nguyen Tien Linh who was left with the simplest task to bury home Vietnam’s opener in the 39th minute.

The visitors’ joy lasted just seven minutes as Issam Al Sabhi scored a spectacular bicycle kick into the back of the net to bring Oman level in added time of the first half.

Vietnamese striker Nguyen Tien Linh (22) drives past an Omani player during their 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifier in Muscat, Oman, October 12, 2021. Photo: Vietnam Football Federation

Vietnamese striker Nguyen Tien Linh (22) drives past an Omani player during their 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifier in Muscat, Oman, October 12, 2021. Photo: Vietnam Football Federation

Vietnam’s ambition for their first win in the last qualifying round took a knock shortly after the break as Oman added a second goal with Mohsin curling straight from the corner kick into the top of the net, leaving goalie Toan rooted to the spot.

The Reds were denied a third in the 57th minute due to offside infraction, but successfully cemented their victory just seven minutes later as Salah converted a penalty gifted by Do Duy Manh, who apprehended Jamal Al Yahmadi inside the penalty area.

Goalie Toan rescued Vietnam from further lagging behind by saving Issam’s one-on-one effort nine minutes from the hour mark.

The Golden Stars came very close to bridging the deficit in the last official minute of play as Nguyen Cong Phuong’s decisive long-range rocket unexpectedly hit the post.

The defeat did not only extend Vietnam’s losing run in the final round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers to four games but also saw them remain bottom of Group B and still in pursuit of their first point.

Meanwhile, Oman overtook Japan in third place, with both sides having picked up six points, but the Omanis holding the goal advantage.

On the same matchday, Australia missed the chance to solidify their Group B top spot after losing 1-2 to Japan, while Saudi Arabia defeated China 3-2.

Vietnam will next return home to host Japan on November 11.

The other group in the final round of Asian qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Group A, consists of Iran, South Korea, the UAE, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon.

The top two teams from each group will qualify for next year’s tournament while the third-place teams will play for a spot via an inter-continental play-off.

This is the first time Vietnam have made it this far in the World Cup qualifiers.

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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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Hanoi stadium allows 12,000 spectators at World Cup qualifiers next month

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The Hanoi People’s Committee has announced that it will allow spectators to enjoy Vietnam’s matches against Japan and Saudi Arabia at My Dinh National Stadium in the final round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers in November.

Chu Xuan Dung, deputy chairman of the committee, signed and sent the approval to the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism on Thursday afternoon.

Dung allowed related units to sell tickets at 30 percent of My Dinh’s 40,000 seating capacity so that a maximum of 12,000 fans can lively support Vietnam in each of their games against Japan on November 11 and Saudi Arabia on November 16.

Spectators must have received the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine for at least 14 days or have recovered from COVID-19 no more than six months prior, have a negative test result issued no more than 72 hours before the game, and strictly comply with social distancing recommendations at the stadium.

The deputy chairman requested the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) ensure security and safety for the participating teams and officials attending the matches.

In addition, the VFF must designate a hospital in advance to handle possible cases of injury, illness, or COVID-19 infection.

The sports ministry and the VFF had sought permission for the two qualifying games to take place with spectators’ attendance as Hanoi had escaped the brunt of a fierce wave of coronavirus infections which have rocked Vietnam since late April, with the capital city recording just 4,374 of the country’s 872,811 community transmissions.

The city’s new cases have been on the decline and the majority of its adult population have been at least partially vaccinated.

After a leader of the Hanoi Department of Culture and Sports said from the capital administration’s point of view, those two matches would take place behind closed doors, the VFF reported the issue to the prime minister via the sports ministry, leading to the U-turn.

Three places down

While enjoying Hanoi authorities’ approval for spectators to attend the World Cup qualifying matches, certain Vietnamese football fans were likely dismayed to hear that the Golden Stars slipped from 95th to 98th in the October update of the FIFA rankings on Thursday afternoon.

The demotion also saw Vietnam slide from 15th to 17th in the Asia rankings.

This is the first time in two years, from October 2019 to September 2021, that the Vietnamese have not placed in the top 15 of the continental football table.

This was foreseen as Vietnam lost all their first four games in the final round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers, most recently 1-3 to Oman, and are at the bottom of Group B with zero points.

If Vietnam are defeated by Japan and Saudi Arabia next month, they will definitely be knocked out of the top 100 in the FIFA rankings. 

The final round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers is contested by two groups of six teams.

The top two teams from each group will qualify for next year’s tournament while the third-place teams will play for a spot via an inter-continental play-off.

This is the first time Vietnam have made it this far in the World Cup qualifiers.

The squad will resume training on October 25 as per their schedule.

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