Da Nang dethroned at National U.21 tourney

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Defending champions Da Nang were dethroned in the final round of the National U.21 football championship after a 1-1 tie with Nghe An in their last Group B stage game in Pleiku on Tuesday.

After a 1-2 defeat to An Giang on Friday and a 2-2 tie with Dong Nai on Sunday, Da Nang had to win the match against Nghe An to advance to the semifinals of the 14th edition of the Thanh Nien-sponsored competition.

However, the task was made even more difficult for Da Nang when Nghe An took the lead midway through the first half.

Da Nang, who won two consecutive championships of the country's major youth football event in 2008 and 2009, could only manage an equalizer in the final minute of the game.

With the Tuesday victory and a 3-1 win over An Giang on Sunday, Nghe An, who claimed three consecutive championships from 2000 to 2002, finished second behind Dong Nai, who beat Nghe An 1-0 on Friday and An Giang 1-0 on Tuesday.

In the semis, Dong Nai will meet Binh Dinh while Nghe An will clash with hosts Hoang Anh Gia Lai for a place in the final match to be played on Sunday, October 17.

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