Viet Nam through to AFC final

Viet Nam successfully won a berth at the Asian Football Confederation U-19 Championship in Bahrain next year.

The Vietnamese squad yesterday (Oct 6) made it four wins after they beat hosts Myanmar 1-0 in the last qualifying round's Group G match at the Youth Training Centre, Yangon City.

The score was opened by Ha Duc Chinh in the 20th minute.

Pham Trong Hoa, who suffered a knee pain during a training session on Sunday, broke the Myanmar defenders and gave a perfect pass to Chinh who sprinted to the box and shot to goalkeeper Phone Thitsar Min's right corner.

It was one of many chances that Chinh received through the first half. Earlier he missed a clear opportunity when he was alone in the box but his kick found the goalie's position.

Striker Nguyen Tien Linh tore the net at the 13th mark but it was an offside trap.

Viet Nam had a golden chance to double the result just 10 minutes after the interval.

Goalie Min downed Chinh in the box and the visitors were given a penalty. However, Captain Nguyen Trong Dai's shoot-out hit the bar.

Myanmar played much better in the second half. They created numerous problems for the Vietnamese defenders with a lot of long-distance shots, but most of them were off target.

They had more ball possession and met with no challenge to block Viet Nam's attacks.

In their previous match against Hong Kong, Myanmar scored a double in the last minutes including additional time to come from behind to win 2-1.

However, they could not repeat it yesterday and accepted their loss, which placed them second in the ranking. They have to wait for the results from the other group to know if they can qualify for the finals.

In the previous four meets, Viet Nam were always the winners.

In another match of the group yesterday, Hong Kong beat Brunei 5-0.

In Group J, six-time runners-up Japan became the first side to punch their ticket to the finals after downing second-placed Australia 3-0 in their final match at the National Sports Complex Stadium in Vientiane, Laos.

Two goals including a penalty in the space of two minutes in first half stoppage time laid the foundations for the Japanese to record a perfect record of three wins from their trio of qualifying games.

Later, Iraq trounced Bahrain 4-1 to finish top of Group F and qualify for the finals.

Other group matches were played later yesterday and early this morning in Ha Noi time.

Ten group winners and five best second-placed teams will qualify for the finals, while hosts Bahrain receive an automatic qualification.

If Bahrain finish on top of their qualifying group or among one of the five second best-placed teams, the next second-placed team will qualify for the final competition.

HCM lead at National Vovinam Championships

HCM City are leading the competition at the ongoing National Vovinam (Traditional Vietnamese martial arts) Championships in the central Thanh Hoa Province.



Fighters compete at the ongoing National Vovinam Championships in the central Thanh Hoa Province. — Photo



The team have won 12 gold, one silver and two bronze medals. Can Tho are placed second with five gold and two silver medals and a bronze medal. The hosts Thanh Hoa are placed third with four gold, two silver and three bronze medals.

The event, in which 350 martial arts fighters from 28 teams nationwide are participating, will end on October 8. It is being jointly organised by the Viet Nam Vovinam Federation, the National Sports Administration and the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

The fighters are competing for 44 sets of medals in combat and performance events.

Viet Nam squad departs for AFF futsal event

Viet Nam team left for Bangkok, Thailand yesterday to compete at the 2015 AFF Futsal Championships to be held October 8-16.

The event organises 10 teams into two groups: Viet Nam, Australia, Laos, Myanmar and the Philippines in Group B; Thailand, Timor-Leste, Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore in Group A.

As scheduled, Viet Nam will compete with Laos on October 8, Myanmar on October 10, the Philippines on October 11, and Australia wraps up the end.

The top four teams in this tournament will qualify for the 2016 AFC Futsal Championship's final round in Uzbekistan next year.