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VN beat Hyundai Mipo Dolphin in friendly match; Vietnam victorious at fencing championship; Binh Duong finish third in Thailand football cup; Disappointing end for Liem in UK chess fest
VN beat Hyundai Mipo Dolphin in friendly match
 
Viet Nam beat South Korea's Hyundai Mipo Dolphin Club 2-1 in a friendly match at Hang Day Stadium yesterday.

With the support of the home fans, the hosts controlled the game from the first whistle.

Viet Nam took the lead via a Quoc Anh goal in the 16th minute. However, it took the visitors just three minutes to respond, with Lee Jae-won netting the equaliser.

Viet Nam should have added to their tally before half time but were unable to make their dominance count.

After the break, they looked re-energised and took the game to their opponents. Their positivity was rewarded by a goal in the 70th minute courtesy of the recently capped Mac Hong Quan.

The match ended 2-1 and provided Viet Nam with a good final test before they meet the United Arab Emirates at the My Dinh National Stadium in the qualifying round of the Asian Cup 2015 on February 6.

The latest victory caps off a rewarding series of friendlies for Viet Nam, who previously beat Vicem Hai Phong 2-0 and former V-League champions Ha Noi T&T 2-1.

Vietnam victorious at fencing championship

Nguyen Thi Hau from Hanoi won the gold medal in the women's epee event at the ongoing Southeast Asian Fencing Federation Cadets and Juniors Championships in Brunei on January 31.

Hau's teammate Pham Quoc Oai also took a silver medal in the men's epee.

Vietnam also achieved success in the team categories, with a gold being won in the men's epee, a silver in the women's foil and a bronze in the men's sabre.

Earlier in the week, Nguyen Phuoc Den won a gold medal in the men's epee.

The tournament will finish on February 4. After this event, the Vietnam team will join the Asian Junior and Cadet Fencing Championships in Thailand in March before heading to Croatia for the World Junior and Cadet Fencing Championships the following month.

Binh Duong finish third in Thailand football cup

Vietnamese representative Becamex Binh Duong FC convincingly defeated champions Thai League Muangthong United 2-0 to rank third at the 2013 Chang Chonburi Cup in Thailand on Wednesday.

Vietnamese players Nguyen Vu Phong and Huynh Kesley Alves scored two goals in the 11th and 21st minutes of the match.

The team received US$3,000 from the organising board and a bonus of $10,000 from the club leaders

Disappointing end for Liem in UK chess fest

Vietnamese chess grandmaster Le Quang Liem lost to Sandipan Chanda of India in the last and tenth match of the Festival Tradewise Gibraltar 2013 in the UK on Thursday.

The two-time Aeroflot Open champion, who started the tournament well, resigned on the 37th move to end up with seven points.

Liem (Elo 2705) failed to find a top-10 place in the tournament that was won by Russia's Nikita Vitiugov who defeated defending champion Nigel Short D of England in a dramatic tie break in the last round.

Vachier-Lagrave Maxime of France and India's Chanda finished in second and third place, respectively.

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