U21 international football tourney to kick off in HCMC this week

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South Korea has sent strong players from the national U19 team to compete at the event. File photo South Korea has sent strong players from the national U19 team to compete at the event. File photo

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Six teams will compete at Thanh Nien Newspaper’s U21 International Football Tournament that will kick off at Ho Chi Minh City’s Thong Nhat Stadium on November 20.
Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore will compete in Group A while Hoang Anh Gia Lai Arsenal JMG, South Korea and Myanmar will be in Group B.
Defending champion Hoang Anh Gia Lai will have a tough fight on the first day. They will play against South Korea, which is sending its strongest young players who will compete at the U19 Asian Championship next year.
Hoang Anh Gia Lai was originally set to play against Myanmar first. However, organizers have rescheduled the matches after Myanmar said they would arrive late.
All matches will be at the same stadium and broadcast live on VTV6.
The champion will be awarded US$12,000 while the runner-up will receive $7,000 and the third place, $5,000. Organizers will also honor best individual players.
SCHEDULE
November 20:
4:30 p.m.               Singapore – Thailand
7:00 p.m.               Hoang Anh Gia Lai – South Korea
November 22
4:30 p.m.              Myanmar – South Korea
7:00 p.m.             Thailand – Vietnam
November 24
4:30 p.m.             Vietnam – Singapore
7:00 p.m.             Myanmar – Hoang Anh Gia Lai
November 26
4:30 p.m.            Fifth-place playoff
7:00 p.m.            Semifinal 1
November 27
7:00  p.m.           Semifinal 2
November 29
4:30 p.m.             Third-place playoff
7:00 p.m.             Final

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