Vieät Nam in good shape to play Iran

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HAØ NOÄI — Viet­namese play­ers prac­tised on de­fend­ing ’dead ball’ sit­u­a­tions and free kicks which is con­sid­ered their Achilles heel go­ing into to­day’s Group D sec­ond round match against Iran in the Asian Cup.

In the past eight matches, Vieät Nam con­ceded six out of eight goals from free kicks. In the match against Iraq on Tues­day, Vieät Nam suf­fered a goal in the last min­utes and lost the match 2-3. Coach Park Hang-seo asked his as­sis­tant Nguyeãn Ñöùc Caûnh to work on prevent­ing a re­peat.

Goal­keeper coach Caûnh set up walls by and the three keep­ers spent most of their time tak­ing shots. Mean­while the rest team took 50 per cent of their time to de­fend­ing high balls.

Ear­lier, coach Park held a team meet­ing to re­view their loss while talked about plans to face pow­er­house Iran.

Speak­ing to re­porters, mid­fielder Traàn Minh Vöông said Iran were beat­able.

“We all re­gret­ted los­ing to Iraq. But we are bet­ter now, train­ing hard and ready for the next match as Park talked with us and had his own way to en­cour­age us a lot,” said Vöông who did not play last match.

“Like oth­ers I also wanted to con­trib­ute but I did not have my chance against Iraq. Iran are strong team. They are good ath­letes play­ing modern foot­ball. How­ever they are not an un­de­feated team. We are now in good mood which is re­ally im­por­tant. If I am in the first team to­mor­row, I will try my best and the whole team will look for­ward to pos­i­tive re­sult,” he added.

“We re­spect them but we are not afraid of them.”

For­mer cham­pi­ons Iran ap­pre­ci­ated Vieät Nam and were in good form af­ter re­cent tour­na­ments.

Car­los Queiroz and his play­ers said that the Viet­namese were not easy to beat.

Striker Karim An­sar­i­fard who is play­ing for Not­ting­ham For­est in Eng­land’s sec­ond tier said the match ver­sus Vieät Nam would be Iran’s sec­ond ’fi­nal’ at the Asian Cup. There was no weak team in this tour­na­ment and Ira­nian play­ers must be se­ri­ous all the time.

An­sar­i­fard and his team­mates fo­cused on their strong points of high balls dur­ing train­ing. In their match against Yemen, this tac­tic helped them win 5-0.

As­sis­tant coach Oceano Da Cruz said the re­sult of the match would di­rectly af­fect Iran’s chance to reach the knock-out round. Vieät Nam were a big ob­sta­cle, who also want to win. Iraq were strong but his team would pay all at­ten­tion to the com­ing match to have best score, the as­sis­tant said.

Ref­eree Muham­mad Taqi will take charge of the match. The Sin­ga­porean made head­lines when he of­fi­ci­ated a match be­tween Vieät Nam and Qatar in the Asian U23 Cham­pi­onship’s semi­fi­nals last Jan­uary. Taqi gave Qatar a con­tro­ver­sial penalty to open the score be­fore mak­ing other con­tentious de­ci­sions.

Taqi had to close his Face­book ac­count af­ter re­ceiv­ing too much crit­i­cism af­ter the match. Iran are on top of Group D with three points. Vieät Nam third. Their match at the An Nahyan Sta­dium will be­gin at 6pm Haø Noäi time and will be live aired on VTV6 and Fox Sports channels. — VNS

DNA re­quest made in Ron­aldo rape probe Southamp­ton’s Austin banned for two games

Rar­ing to go:Play­ers train ahead of to­day’s Iran match. — Photo cour­tesy of VFF LOS AN­GE­LES — Las Ve­gas po­lice have asked foot­ball star Cris­tiano Ron­aldo to sub­mit a DNA sam­ple as part of their in­ves­ti­ga­tion into rape al­le­ga­tions made against him.The Por­tuguese for­ward – who plays for Ju­ven­tus in Italy’s Serie A league – has ve­he­mently de­nied the ac­cu­sa­tions, and his lawyer Peter Chris­tiansen said the re­quest was stan­dard pro­ce­dure.“Mr Ron­aldo has al­ways main­tained, as he does to­day, that what oc­curred in Las Ve­gas in 2009 was con­sen­sual in na­ture, so it is not sur­pris­ing that DNA would be present, nor that the po­lice would make this very stan­dard re­quest as part of their in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” he said in a state­ment.The Las Ve­gas Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice De­part­ment said it had made an of­fi­cial re­quest to Ital­ian au­thor­i­ties, adding it is “tak­ing the same steps in this case as in any other sex­ual as­sault to fa­cil­i­tate the col­lec­tion of DNA ev­i­dence”.

Cris­tiano Ron­aldo

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