VN in Macau for World Cup leg

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Viet Nam flew to Macau yesterday to play the second leg against Macau in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Zone qualifiers.

Despite playing away at Macau, the match is probably a formality for Viet Nam, which proved too strong for the home team, with a 6-0 victory in the first leg at HCM City's Thong Nhat Stadium on Wednesday.

It will be difficult for Macau to seek a win, let alone turn over their huge deficit. A place in the second round is nearly assured for Viet Nam.

However, Viet Nam coach Falko Goetz has not taken anything for granted and said that he would field a strong line-up to beat Macau.

The team is without number-one goalkeeper Bui Tan Truong and experienced defender Le Phuoc Tu, both of them are injured.

Defender Vo Hoang Quang and midfielder Phan Thanh Hung will stay at home as well.

Tam Nhat Minh won the first title at the National Futsal (indoor football) Championship after beating Thai Son Nam 3-1 in the final match at Thua Thien-Hue Gymnasium.

Thanh Tuan opened scoring for Tam Nhat Minh in the 18th minute and Ngoc Thinh doubled the advantage six minutes into the second half.

Van Vu pulled back a goal for Thai Son Nam to raise a slight hope but Tran Hoang Vinh scored the third for last year's runner-up to snuff out Thai Son Nam's hopes of a comeback.

Thai Son Bac, the 2010 champion, shared third place with Tan Hiep Hung.

Phung Trong Luan of Sanna Khanh Hoa was voted the best player, Bao Trung of Pham Gia Auto the best scorer and Nguyen Van Huy of Thai Son Bac the best goalkeeper.

Minh seeded third for US Open

Nguyen Tien Minh has been seeded third for the coming YONEX-OCBC US Open Grand Prix Gold Championships, to be held at the Orange County Badminton Club, California, USA.

The world No 7 has been ranked behind former Olympic champion Taufik Hydayat from Indonesia and top Thai player Boonsak Ponsana.

Alongside Minh, Nguyen Hoang Nam will also be competing in the men's singles event while duo Dao Manh Thang and Bui Bang Duc will play in the men's doubles, as part of the Vietnamese contingent.

The tournament is to kick off on July 11, concluding five days later.

Championship events are set to include men's and women's singles and doubles as well as mixed doubles. As part of the total prize money of US$120,000, both men's and women's single champions will walk away with $9,000 each. — VNS

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