By Phan Thao – Translated by Kim Khanh
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|Vietnam win 2-1 victory over Malaysia, taking huge step to World Cup qualification’s third round|
Hanoi – Vietnam took a huge step towards making it to the third and final round of World Cup qualification for the first time in history with a tense 2-1 win over Malaysia on June 11 night.
The three points mean Vietnam need only a draw with the UAE on June 15 to advance.
With star midfielder Nguyen Quang Hai suspended, Vietnam’s performance at the Al Maktoum Stadium in the UAE was far less accomplished than in the 4-0 win over Indonesia, but coach Park proved once again he can set his team up to grind out a result.
Malaysia started the match faster and enjoyed the majority of possession but were unable to create any clear chances early on.
In contrast, Vietnam were more effective on their surges into the Malaysian half and enjoyed a lot of joy down the left-hand side, with Doan Van Hau finding himself in acres of space on several occasions.
Vietnam took an early lead when Nguyen Tien Linh, who opened the scoring in the 4-0 win over Indonesia on June 7 night, scored from a header in the 26th minute.
Luong Xuan Truong’s corner was headed up in the air by Malaysia’s captain Aidil Zafuan, allowing Hau to head it back across goal for Linh, who nodded home a quintessential poacher’s finish.
The goal seemed to give Malaysia a spark of life and they would have equalised in the 38th minute if it hadn’t been for a superb save from goalkeeper Bui Tan Truong.
The Vietnamese defence was split by a deep cross from Malaysia’s Matthew Davies which left Syafiq Ahmad with the goal at his mercy, but Truong reacted superbly to tip his header over from point-blank range.
Truong sprung into action again minutes later to deny Safawi Rasid’s direct free-kick and bring Vietnam into the break with their lead intact.
Malaysia only increased their dominance of the ball in the second half, however Vietnam should have doubled their lead against the run of play in the 64th minute, but Nguyen Trong Hoang put his shot wide after being played in by Nguyen Hoang Duc at the end of a mazy run.
Just five minutes later though, Vietnam were made to pay for spurning that opportunity.
Hau clattered into Guilherme de Paula in the box when the two competed for a header and left referee Ryuji Sato no choice but to point to the spot.
The naturalised striker dusted himself off and converted the penalty to equalise.
In a bid to regain control of a game that was slipping away from his side, coach Park shed his normally defensive instincts by bringing on forwards Ha Duc Chinh and Nguyen Van in what turned out to be a masterstroke.
In the 80th minute, Vu Van Thanh slid a pass towards Toan in the penalty area. Before the forward could collect the ball he tumbled to the floor after his heel was seemingly clipped by Malaysia’s Brendan Gan and was awarded a penalty.
Television replays were inconclusive but did suggest some degree of simulation by Toan, though in the absence of VAR, the penalty stood.
Captain Que Ngoc Hai, seemingly the coolest man in the stadium, stepped up and thumped the ball home to make the score 2-1.
Vietnam were able to hold on for the final minutes without allowing Malaysia to create a decent chance to ensure they came away with a famous win in front of the lucky few Vietnamese supporters in the stands.
The win keeps Vietnam on top of Group G with 17 points, two ahead of the UAE.
The two sides will meet for their final match of the second round of qualification on June 15 night with Vietnam knowing a draw would put them through to the next round.
Hanoi (VNA) – Defeating Malaysia 2-1 in a match early on June 12, the Vietnamese football team continue to receive applause from Asian media for maintaining their impressive unbeaten streak in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers .
The hard-fought win helps the team consolidate their top spot in Group G with 17 points after seven matches, while maintaining their impressive unbeaten streak with five wins and two draws in the Asian qualifiers. Vietnam are still two points ahead of the second-placed United Arab Emirates (UAE), who won 5-0 over Indonesia in the other match the same day.
In their match report, world football governing body FIFA emphasised: “Vietnam remain unbeaten in the group thanks to Que Ngoc Hai’s late penalty that saw them edge Malaysia 2-1 in Dubai”.
In the last match, Vietnam will have a decisive game to decide the top spot in the group against the UAE, and FIFA said that this will be one of the most exciting and eagerly awaited encounters on the final match day of the 2nd qualifying round.
Meanwhile, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), in its post-match commentary, affirmed the Vietnamese team continued to consolidate their pole position in Group G after the victory over Malaysia. “The two teams came into this game on the back of entirely opposing fortunes: Malaysia had lost their last match 4-0 against the United Arab Emirates, while Vietnam had beaten Indonesia 4-0 and cemented their strong position with a win, also having avoided any losses since the Qualifiers began,” the AFC said.
Witnessing their home team once again beaten by Vietnam, the Malaysian media could not help but be disappointed. In its article published early this morning, the Malaysian national news agency (Bernama) admitted their World Cup dreams had been dashed: “One dream is over… Malaysia’s fourth defeat in five outings against Vietnam since Park Hang-seo took over as coach in 2017 means the Harimau Malaya can forget about finishing in the top two positions in Group G of the 2022 World Cup/2023 Asian Cup second-round qualifiers”. Malaysia still have the goal of winning tickets to the 2023 Asian Cup finals, but according to Bernama, this journey will also be very difficult for them.
Sharing the same opinion, the New Straits Times acknowledged that Malaysia’s World Cup campaign had ended early this morning after the country’s football team suffered a 2-1 defeat to Vietnam. This is their fourth defeat in the last five encounters between both.
“The sad story for Malaysia is that the Vietnamese, who must be the best in Southeast Asia, always do just enough to beat us”, the New Straits Times wrote, adding that although Malaysia have several naturalised players from Brazil, Kosovar or Gambia, it is still not enough for them to beat Vietnam. “The Golden Dragons again did just enough. One goal extra for three points,” the long-standing newspaper in Malaysia wrote.
In Thailand, the country’s press also praised Park Hang Seo’s side. SiamSport wrote: “The Golden Stars continue their unbeaten record as they won 2-1 against Malaysia. Currently, Vietnam have 17 points, firmly at the top of the table with a ticket to play in the 3rd qualifying round almost certainly in their hands.”
Indonesia’s IndoSport also praised the Vietnamese team after their dramatic victory over Malaysia: “The UAE won 5-0 against Indonesia, aiming to take the top spot from Vietnam. Unfortunately, that victory was still not enough to bring Bert van Marwijk’s team to the top, because at the same time, Vietnam excelled against Malaysia in a fierce and dramatic match.”
The Korean press also congratulated Park Hang Seo’s side on their latest victory, expressing their belief that the Vietnamese team will make history if they reach the final qualifying round for the first time ever. In the Korean version of Goal, Park Byeong-gyu wrote: “The Vietnam national football team, led by coach Park Hang-seo, are about to advance to the World Cup Asian final qualifiers. It will be their first time in history if Vietnam, who lead Group G, can advance to the final qualifying round”.
On Yonhap, reporter Ahn Hong-seok also believed in the ability of the Vietnamese team to continue: “If Vietnam win or draw in their final match with the UAE on the June 15, they will advance to the final qualifiers, topping the group. Even if Vietnam lose to the UAE, there is a possibility they will advance to the final qualifier as the group’s runners-up”.
In an article published on OSEN on early June 12, the author said Park’s talent was once again confirmed, helping Vietnamese football prepare to turn a new page in its history.
To hold in their own hands the keys to an historic berth in the final stages, Park’s side need at least one point in the last match against hosts UAE. However, according to Park, Vietnam will continue to confidently aim for victory, although that goal will be more difficult against an in-form UAE.
The final match of the Vietnamese team in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in Asia against the UAE will take place at 23:45 (Hanoi time) on June 15 at the Zabeel Stadium in Dubai./.
|Portugal’s Diogo Queirós (L) fights for the ball with Germany’s Karim Adeyemi during the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship final football match between Germany and Portugal at Stadium Stozice in Ljubljana on June 6, 2021. Jure Makovec / AFP|
The goal arrived just four minutes into the second half in the Slovenian capital, with Ridle Baku setting up Nmecha and the striker’s first touch taking him around goalkeeper Diogo Costa before he slotted home.
Forward Nmecha, 22, belongs to Manchester City but has been loaned out to a succession of clubs and has just enjoyed a prolific campaign in Belgium with Anderlecht.
Florian Wirtz, the Bayer Leverkusen starlet who netted a brace as Germany beat the Netherlands 2-1 in the semi-finals, also hit the bar in the first half.
Germany also won the Under-21 title in 2009 and 2017, before losing 2-1 to Spain in the final of the last tournament, in Italy in 2019.
Coach Stefan Kuntz, who played in Germany’s Euro 96-winning side, was also in charge of the team that won the title in 2017.
It is Portugal’s second defeat in the final of this competition in four editions after they were beaten on penalties by Sweden in 2015.
Germany will now hope their senior side can take inspiration from their Under-21 team as they also face Portugal in the group stage of Euro 2020 later this month.
Hanoi (VNA) – The Hanoi People’s Committee has issued a decision approving the outline for a task of devising the capital’s housing development programme for 2021-2030 , with vision towards 2040.
The programme aims at realising the Resolution of the Hanoi Party Organisation’s 17th Congress for the 2020-2025 tenure and identifying new criteria for the work in line with the local master plan for socio-economic growth to 2030 approved by the Prime Minister.
Accordingly, the city will conduct surveys and assessments regarding the current situation of commercial housing, social housing, resettlement housing, official residence and private housing in urban and rural areas. It will set goals for housing development and make forecasts on demand for housing among social welfare beneficiaries.
The programme will identify local demand for houses and land areas to build different types of housing in the city and links between housing and urban development, among other things.
Hanoi hopes to build a system of suitable solutions to ensure sustainable, modern, and climate change-adaptive housing development, as a basis for the management and implementation of related projects, investment attraction, and the healthy growth of the real estate sector./.
Nestle publishes a first-of-its-kind study into global parenting experiences, the Parenting Index, which reveals that one-third of new parents globally feel lonely despite living in a highly connected world.
Done by Kantar, the study is a component of the Nestle Parenting Initiative (NPI), part of its ongoing commitment to support families with better health and happier life in the first 1,000 days of parenting.
The index identifies eight universal factors that impact parenting across the world.
The most significant universal factor is pressure, which accounts for 23 per cent of the overall score. The surveyed parents claim that these pressures are from internal and external influence. The loneliness, the parenting responsibilities or self-criticism are additional factors that amplify their anxiety.
Thirty-two per cent of new parents said despite living in a world where friends and family are only a text away it is easy to feel isolated and lonely with a baby in their arms.
Dr Ming Cui, professor of family and child sciences at Florida State University in the US, said: “Today’s parents are increasingly parenting in a state of anxiety. Influenced by popular media along with technology advances, many parents from different cultures and socio-economic classes feel pressured to do it all.
“Although the emphasis is often on being responsive and responsible as parents of babies, moms and dads should also realize that their own well-being matters in the process of parenting.
“Parenting babies, with the elevated demands and stress, can take a toll on parents themselves financially, emotionally, and physically.
“To promote positive parenting and ultimately children’s healthy development, parents should not overlook their own well-being and should take good care of themselves.”
Tanti Ermawati, business executive officer at Nestle Infant Nutrition, said: “Nestle is actively finding solutions and sharing parenting knowledge as well as experiences.”
The company said it would be commissioning the survey every two to three years.
As part of its goal to work together with others to help make parents’ lives easier, it also plans to collaborate with like-minded partners and host roundtable discussions to establish an actionable roadmap on how to address the universal challenges of 21st century parenting. — VNS