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DPRK lift Millennium Cup after draw

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 3:58 am

DPRK lift Millennium Cup after draw

QĐND – Saturday, September 25, 2010, 21:17 (GMT+7)

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) U-23 team drew against hosts Vietnam in a goalless match today but still managed to win the Millennium Thang Long-Hanoi Football Cup at My Dinh stadium on September 24.

The DPRK team, which took two wins over Kuwait and Australia, placed first with seven points.

After beating Kuwait 3-0 and losing to Australia 2-0, Vietnam was placed second with four points, after edging out Australia on goal difference.

In the early match on September 24, Australia were held to a goalless draw by Kuwait, which left the Australian Olyroos in third place at the tournament.

The DPRK team, which featured six World Cup players, set up a strong defence to block Vietnam’s attacks.

Vietnamese strikers failed to penetrate the DPRK’s defence, firing only long shots at goal.

Captain Nguyen Minh Phuong had the best chance in the first half time when he lobbed the ball from the edge, but it was saved by the DPRK goalie.

In the second half, the DPRK threatened the hosts with their rapid counterattacks, but Vietnamese keeper Duong Hong Son put in a good performance to save all the shots.

During the last 10 minutes, Portuguese coach Calisto bolstered his strikers, which he hoped would break the DPRK’s defence, but the hosts failed to net the ball.

The DPRK team walked away with a US$20,000 cash prize, while Vietnam pocketed US$10,000.

The tournament was held to mark the 1,000th anniversary of the capital city.

After the tournament, Vietnam will be defending their title in the ASEAN Football Federation-Suzuki Cup, which is co-hosted by Vietnam and Indonesia and will run from December 1 to 29.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

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