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VN Miss World contestant tests negative amid COVID-19 outbreak

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Vietnamese fans have breathed a sigh of relief after their favourite contestant Do Thi Ha announced that she had tested negative for the SARS-CoV-2 virus amid a COVID-19 outbreak at the ongoing Miss World 2021 pageant.

Vietnamese fans worry about Do Thi Ha due to COVID-19 outbreak at Miss World

At least 17 contestants and staff members of Miss World 2021 have tested positive, and Miss World 2021 organisers immediately decided to postpone the pageant’s finale slated for December 16 in an effort to halt the spread of the virus.

“To Ha’s fans, I have tested negative. Do not worry,” Ha wrote on the Facebook fanpage on December 17.  

Earlier, the Vietnamese contestant at Miss World 2021 said she had come into close contact with four F0 cases and she was awaiting COVID-19 test results from healthcare workers. 

Vietnamese fans headed to Ha’s Facebook page to send a messages of encouragement and best wishes to the Vietnamese representative. They said they hope that Ha remains safe and healthy, and that she should take time to thoroughly prepare for the final night that will be rescheduled within the next 90 days.

According to organisers, additional safety measures were implemented on December 16 in the best interest of the contestants, production teams, and spectators.

“However, after additional positive cases were confirmed this morning after consulting with health officials and experts, the postponement decision was made. Only when contestants and staff are cleared by health officials and advisors will contestants and related staff return to their home countries,” they said.

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France beat Poland to reach World Cup quarter-finals

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DOHA — France beat Poland 3-1 in a record-smashing World Cup last-16 clash on Sunday that saw Olivier Giroud become France’s outright all-time top scorer and Kylian Mbappe score a magnificent double.

France were relentless on the attack as they pushed for an opening goal but could not unlock a sturdy Poland until just before the break when Mbappe played a pin-point ball through to Giroud, who hammered it past a diving Wojciech Szczesny to claim his 52nd goal for Les Bleus.

Holders France continued to press after the break, with Giroud almost netting a second when he flicked Jules Kounde’s cross just past the near post. But Mbappe did not miss in the 74th minute, unleashing a missile from just inside the penalty area that shot into the top corner.

Mbappe was not done, adding a second goal in stoppage time with another screamer to seal the win and take his total for the tournament to five.

Poland got a consolation goal from a Robert Lewandowski penalty.

France will next face the winners of the England versus Senegal game, being played later on Sunday.

DOHA — France beat Poland 3-1 in a record-smashing World Cup last-16 clash on Sunday that saw Olivier Giroud become France’s outright all-time top scorer and Kylian Mbappe score a magnificent double.

France were relentless on the attack as they pushed for an opening goal but could not unlock a sturdy Poland until just before the break when Mbappe played a pin-point ball through to Giroud, who hammered it past a diving Wojciech Szczesny to claim his 52nd goal for Les Bleus.

Holders France continued to press after the break, with Giroud almost netting a second when he flicked Jules Kounde’s cross just past the near post. But Mbappe did not miss in the 74th minute, unleashing a missile from just inside the penalty area that shot into the top corner.

Mbappe was not done, adding a second goal in stoppage time with another screamer to seal the win and take his total for the tournament to five.

Poland got a consolation goal from a Robert Lewandowski penalty.

France will next face the winners of the England versus Senegal game, being played later on Sunday.

Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/sports/20221205/france-beat-poland-to-reach-world-cup-quarterfinals/70338.html

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‘Ruthless’ England surge past Senegal 3-0 to set up France quarter-final

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AL KHOR, Qatar — Clinical England overcame a pedestrian start to surge to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Senegal on Sunday as high-quality goals by Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka swept them into a mouth-watering World Cup quarter-final clash with France.

England took a long time to impose themselves on the African champions, a team they had never faced before, and survived a couple of scares before two goals late in the first half changed the feel of the night and it was no contest after the break.

The impressive victory extended their all-time unbeaten run against African teams to 21 games, including eight in World Cups. Morocco, who face Spain on Tuesday, are now the only African team left in the tournament.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Round of 16 - England v Senegal - Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar - December 4, 2022 England's Jordan Henderson celebrates scoring their first goal with Bukayo Saka. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Round of 16 – England v Senegal – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar – December 4, 2022 England’s Jordan Henderson celebrates scoring their first goal with Bukayo Saka. Photo: Reuters

“The ruthlessness of the performance was excellent,” said manager Gareth Southgate. “Every match you play is a different sort of challenge and different tactical problem to resolve. We’ve stepped up and are answering those questions.

“The quality of the moves was outstanding and the finishing was ruthless.”

It was always going to be a stiff challenge for Senegal in the absence of the suspended Idrissa Gueye and injured fellow midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Round of 16 - England v Senegal - Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar - December 4, 2022 England's Harry Kane scores their second goal. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Round of 16 – England v Senegal – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar – December 4, 2022 England’s Harry Kane scores their second goal. Photo: Reuters

With Sadio Mane missing the tournament through injury the Africans also lacked a cutting edge to trouble an England defence that kept a third successive World Cup clean sheet for the first time in 20 years.

They were very much in the game though for much of the first half as England were slow and static and a series of misplaced passes gifted Senegal chances.

The best of them fell to Boulaye Dia and only the strong left arm of keeper Jordan Pickford prevented the Africans taking the lead.

Quick break

England finally injected some pace after 38 minutes, breaking down the left through Phil Foden and Jude Bellingham, who crossed for the late-arriving Henderson to stroke home the opener.

Kane’s goal drought at this tournament then came to an end in emphatic style in first-half stoppage time.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Round of 16 - England v Senegal - Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar - December 4, 2022 England's Harry Kane celebrates scoring their second goal. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Round of 16 – England v Senegal – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar – December 4, 2022 England’s Harry Kane celebrates scoring their second goal. Photo: Reuters

Bellingham again drove from his own box and fed Foden, who rolled the ball into the path of the captain to smash in an unstoppable shot and become England’s eighth scorer in Qatar.

It also took Kane to within one goal of Wayne Rooney’s national record of 53.

The goals knocked the stuffing out of Senegal and with England looking full of confidence after the break it no longer felt like a contest.

Saka, recalled by Southgate in his only change from the group stage win over Wales, cleverly lifted in the third after 57 minutes following a penetrating run and low cross by Foden.

It was England’s 12th goal of the tournament, the most by any team in Qatar and a tally that matches their all-time record set four years ago when they went all the way to the semi-finals.

From then on England were able to go through the motions and keep out of trouble as they have yet to receive a yellow card and seem to have avoided any major injuries going into the France showdown.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Round of 16 - England v Senegal - Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar - December 4, 2022 England's Jordan Henderson. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Round of 16 – England v Senegal – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar – December 4, 2022 England’s Jordan Henderson. Photo: Reuters

Their only setback seems to be the absence of forward Raheem Sterling, who was not available for selection on Sunday for what the FA said was a family issue.

They know they will be unlikely to get away with a similarly slow start next Saturday against a French team who dispatched Poland 3-1 earlier on Sunday, but the holders will also be aware that their old rivals have the weapons to do real damage.

“We all want to play in the biggest games and no better game than playing France,” said Foden, who had a hand in all three goals. “On our best game we can create chances and score. We’re looking forward to what’s going to be a big challenge.”

Man of the match Kane was also a happy man. “We’ve shown great maturity through the tournament … 3-0 here against a really good side,” he said.

“We feel good, we’ve got good players getting forward and we’re solid at the back. A really good day for us.”

AL KHOR, Qatar — Clinical England overcame a pedestrian start to surge to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Senegal on Sunday as high-quality goals by Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka swept them into a mouth-watering World Cup quarter-final clash with France.

England took a long time to impose themselves on the African champions, a team they had never faced before, and survived a couple of scares before two goals late in the first half changed the feel of the night and it was no contest after the break.

The impressive victory extended their all-time unbeaten run against African teams to 21 games, including eight in World Cups. Morocco, who face Spain on Tuesday, are now the only African team left in the tournament.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Round of 16 - England v Senegal - Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar - December 4, 2022 England's Jordan Henderson celebrates scoring their first goal with Bukayo Saka. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Round of 16 – England v Senegal – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar – December 4, 2022 England’s Jordan Henderson celebrates scoring their first goal with Bukayo Saka. Photo: Reuters

“The ruthlessness of the performance was excellent,” said manager Gareth Southgate. “Every match you play is a different sort of challenge and different tactical problem to resolve. We’ve stepped up and are answering those questions.

“The quality of the moves was outstanding and the finishing was ruthless.”

It was always going to be a stiff challenge for Senegal in the absence of the suspended Idrissa Gueye and injured fellow midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Round of 16 - England v Senegal - Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar - December 4, 2022 England's Harry Kane scores their second goal. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Round of 16 – England v Senegal – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar – December 4, 2022 England’s Harry Kane scores their second goal. Photo: Reuters

With Sadio Mane missing the tournament through injury the Africans also lacked a cutting edge to trouble an England defence that kept a third successive World Cup clean sheet for the first time in 20 years.

They were very much in the game though for much of the first half as England were slow and static and a series of misplaced passes gifted Senegal chances.

The best of them fell to Boulaye Dia and only the strong left arm of keeper Jordan Pickford prevented the Africans taking the lead.

Quick break

England finally injected some pace after 38 minutes, breaking down the left through Phil Foden and Jude Bellingham, who crossed for the late-arriving Henderson to stroke home the opener.

Kane’s goal drought at this tournament then came to an end in emphatic style in first-half stoppage time.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Round of 16 - England v Senegal - Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar - December 4, 2022 England's Harry Kane celebrates scoring their second goal. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Round of 16 – England v Senegal – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar – December 4, 2022 England’s Harry Kane celebrates scoring their second goal. Photo: Reuters

Bellingham again drove from his own box and fed Foden, who rolled the ball into the path of the captain to smash in an unstoppable shot and become England’s eighth scorer in Qatar.

It also took Kane to within one goal of Wayne Rooney’s national record of 53.

The goals knocked the stuffing out of Senegal and with England looking full of confidence after the break it no longer felt like a contest.

Saka, recalled by Southgate in his only change from the group stage win over Wales, cleverly lifted in the third after 57 minutes following a penetrating run and low cross by Foden.

It was England’s 12th goal of the tournament, the most by any team in Qatar and a tally that matches their all-time record set four years ago when they went all the way to the semi-finals.

From then on England were able to go through the motions and keep out of trouble as they have yet to receive a yellow card and seem to have avoided any major injuries going into the France showdown.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Round of 16 - England v Senegal - Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar - December 4, 2022 England's Jordan Henderson. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Round of 16 – England v Senegal – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar – December 4, 2022 England’s Jordan Henderson. Photo: Reuters

Their only setback seems to be the absence of forward Raheem Sterling, who was not available for selection on Sunday for what the FA said was a family issue.

They know they will be unlikely to get away with a similarly slow start next Saturday against a French team who dispatched Poland 3-1 earlier on Sunday, but the holders will also be aware that their old rivals have the weapons to do real damage.

“We all want to play in the biggest games and no better game than playing France,” said Foden, who had a hand in all three goals. “On our best game we can create chances and score. We’re looking forward to what’s going to be a big challenge.”

Man of the match Kane was also a happy man. “We’ve shown great maturity through the tournament … 3-0 here against a really good side,” he said.

“We feel good, we’ve got good players getting forward and we’re solid at the back. A really good day for us.”

Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/sports/20221205/ruthless-england-surge-past-senegal-30-to-set-up-france-quarterfinal/70337.html

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Age is much more than just a number for Belgium

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Kevin De Bruyne believes Belgium are too old. AFP Photo

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When being asked about his team’s chances of winning the World Cup, Belgium superstar Kevin De Bruyne said they were too old for the victory. Is there a real limitation of age for the world champions? Is it true that there is ‘no glory for old men’? I very much doubt it.

Let’s be realistic, most teams went into the Qatar World Cup knowing they were incredibly unlikely to ever win it. Barring an upset of gargantuan proportions, there’s only really a handful of countries who can safely say they are in it, to win it. 

And considering they are ranked number two in the world, and finished third at the 2018 World Cup in Russia in 2018, then Belgium must have surely fancied their chances. 

“No chance, we’re too old,” De Bruyne said. “I think our chance was 2018. We have a good team, but it is aging.”

On one hand, the Manchester City midfielder has been proven right. His team lost to Morocco and failed to find the net against Croatia on Thursday night.

Out of the competition, and already coach Roberto Martinez has stepped down.  

What De Bruyne said seems not entirely wrong, with that Belgium lost to Morocco and couldn’t score against Croatia in the Thursday match, to crash out the world biggest sport festival in tears and disappointments.

But is their age to blame or is it merely just a number? They have an average age of 27.6 years among their squad, sixth oldest from all their teams. Now it is fair to say many of their so called better players are the wrong side of 30. De Bruyne is 31.

Some of their elder statesmen have been struggling with injuries and it’s clear at this competition, they have rarely threatened to live up to their earlier potential. 

 

Nguyễn Thu Hương.

De Bruyne is a class act. He’s one of, if not the, best players in the Premier League so far this season, just as he was last. 

So maybe this ‘Golden Generation’ is coming to an end, with nothing in the bag to show for it. But it’s worth noting that in the Premier League, he plays for the best team by a country mile, and the 10 players who wear the light blue of City are most if not all, head and shoulders above the Belgium squad. 

Maybe his comments were a way to take the pressure off the team. But for club he is led by Pep Guardiola’s unstoppable system. At international level, not so much. 

The Red Devils, the nickname of the Belgian team, come sixth among oldest participants at the average age of 27.6. Some of their world-class players are in their early 30s and are aging over the prime. Some have struggled with injuries and could no longer impose a consistent threat on the field.

I just think he spoke too soon. And seemed to dismiss his team’s chances before a ball was kicked, because truth be known, Belgium are not that old. 

The average age of 21 World Cup champions is 27.3 years old. Not that much younger than the Belgium team. In the past five recent tournaments, the oldest winner was Italy in 2006, at surprisingly 29.6. Grand parents compared to Belgium. 

Maybe age is just smoke and mirrors for the real problem. A massive lack of believe.

In the past, with his superb skillset and mindset, De Bruyne was able to inspire his team on and off the pitch. However, I feel regretful. What De Bruyne said also shows his lack of belief that Belgium could become the world champions. If so, how could a leader motivate and inspire his team towards glory?

As the Golden Generation of Belgium passed by, it’s quite an ironic feeling hearing the song of this World Cup – ‘Dreamers’: 

Look who we are, we are the dreamers

We make it happen, ’cause we believe it

Belgium didn’t make it happen ‘cause they didn’t believe it. Nothing to do with how old they all are. VNS

 

 

Source: http://ovietnam.vn/sports/age-is-much-more-than-just-a-number-for-belgium_339781.html

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