Nghe An, Quang Ninh qualify for National U21 football event

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Song Lam Nghe An (SLNA) beat Quang Ninh in the final round of Group A to finish atop the list of qualifiers for the National Under-21 Football championship.

SLNA had a total 13 points while Quang Ninh had 12 points, so the latter have also qualified for the tournament sponsored by Thanh Nien newspaper.

In Group B, Da Nang qualified for the event after finishing atop its group with 13 points. Binh Dinh had 11 points and are likely to win a berth, too.

In Group C, Khatoco Khanh Hoa and TDC Binh Duong are leading the group with eight points each. The final round on Sunday will decide the qualifiers from the group.

In Group D, Dong Tam Long An (DTLA) are leading with 10 points, followed by Kien Giang with nine points and Dong Thap with eight points.

DTLA will clash with Kien Giang in the final round on Sunday while Dong Thap will play underdogs Vinh Long. If DTLA and Kien Giang draw, Dong Thap will probably beat Vinh Long to take the top spot.

If DTLA or Kien Giang win, Dong Thap will still qualify for the tournament if they beat Vinh Long, and observers say this is the most likely outcome.

The top-placed of the four groups and two second-placed teams with the best results will qualify for the championship where they will play hosts Ninh Thuan and title defenders Nam Dinh September 25 through October 5.

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