Vietnam cruise into second round of World Cup qualifiers

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HCMC – The Vietnamese national football team set up a second round meeting with Qatar after thumping Macau 7-1 in the second leg of their qualifying round of the Asian Zone World Cup on Sunday to advance 13-1 on aggregate.

By Vu Duc - The Saigon Times Daily

HCMC – The Vietnamese national football team set up a second round meeting with Qatar after thumping Macau 7-1 in the second leg of their qualifying round of the Asian Zone World Cup on Sunday to advance 13-1 on aggregate.

Red-hot striker Le Cong Vinh scored five goals, with Nguyen Quang Hai netting one and defender Huynh Quang Thanh contributing one. Leong Ka Hang hit a consolation for Macau.

The home side faced a mammoth task after Macau coach Leung Sui Wing’s side were hammered 6-0 in the first leg in HCMC on Wednesday.

Vietnam coach Falko Goetz made some changes from the first leg with midfielders Truong Dinh Luat, Vo Duy Nam and Nguyen Minh Chau put on from the start with top strikers Le Cong Vinh, Nguyen Van Quyet and Nguyen Quang Hai in an attacking line-up.

It was 1-0 in just three minutes when Vinh beat Macau goalie Ho Man Fai with a 20-yard drive.

Hai made it 2-0 in the 23rd minute, before Vinh netted six minutes later with an unstoppable volley. He then struck home from close range two minutes before the break to make it 4-0 at half-time.

The Vietnamese defenders made a mistake to let in Leong to net Macau’s consolation on the hour. Vinh, who hit a hat-trick in the first leg, scored in the 75th and 82nd minutes before defender Thanh finalized the game at 7-1 in the 87th minute.

Vietnam will travel to Qatar in the first leg on July 23 before the second leg at the National My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi five days later.

Meanwhile, Nepal, the Philippines, Malaysia, Palestine, Laos, Nepal and Myanmar also reached the second round.

The game between Pakistan vs Bangladesh was to be completed late last night.

Nepal will meet 2011 AFC Asian Cup quarter-finalists Jordan after beating East Timor 7-1 on aggregate. Nepal became the first team to book their place in the second round of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers after a comfortable 5-0 win over East Timor at the Dashrath Rangasala Stadium on Saturday.

The Philippines will meet ten-time Gulf Cup of Nations champions Kuwait in the second round after defeating Sri Lanka 4-0 to advance with a 5-1 aggregate win. The Philippines drew 1-1 with their opponents in the first leg in Colombo.

Myanmar entered the next round with a 2-1 aggregate win as they defeated Mongolia 2-0. Myanmar will play against Oman next.

Malaysia also qualified despite losing 3-2 to Taiwan in the second leg on Sunday, leaving a 4-4 aggregate score. Malaysia reached the next round on the away goal rule. The ASEAN champions, who beat Taiwan 2-1 in the first leg in their home ground, will now meet ASEAN rivals Singapore.

Laos beat Cambodia in extra time after the 4-2 scoreline left both teams level at 6-6 on aggregate as Cambodia defeated Laos 4-2 in the first leg at their home ground. But Laos came through 8-6 after 120 minutes on Sunday.

Palestine also reached the next round with a 2-1 aggregate victory when they were held 1-1 by Afghanistan late last night. Palestine beat Afghanistan 1-0 in the first leg.

The eight first round winners will join another 22 Asian nations including China, Thailand and Iran in round two, with 15 two-legged ties to be held on July 23 and 28.

Yesterday’s other first round qualifying results:

Taiwan 3 Malaysia 2

Laos 4 Cambodia 2

Philippines 4 Sri Lanka 0

Nepal 5 East Timor 0

Myanmar 2 Mongolia 0

Palestine 1 Afghanistan 1

The 15 winners from those ties will join Asian giants Japan, South Korea and Australia as well as North Korea and Bahrain – the confederation’s top five teams in South Africa 2010 qualifying – who will automatically enter at round three. The draw for the final stage of the Asian qualifiers will be held in Rio de Janeiro on July 31.

Asia could have a total of five teams in the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 with four teams qualifying directly, while one will have to contest a two-leg playoff.

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