Football returns in Vietnam as cup competition kicks off
Vietnam became the first country in Southeast Asia to resume competitive football with the first round of the 2020 Vietnamese Cup being held over the weekend.
Competitive action returned to Vietnam at the weekend with the 2020 Vietnamese Cup getting underway as the Southeast Asian nation became the first in ASEAN to resume after the the COVID-19 enforced hiatus.
While a number of top-flight clubs, including holders Hanoi FC, will not join until the second round, the tournament began on Saturday with Nam Dinh running out 2-0 winners over Hoang Anh Gia Lai in a battle of V.League 1 sides.
Another V.League 1 team, Sai Gon, have already fallen to second-tier opposition, though, as they suffered a 2-1 loss against Ba Ria Vung Tau on Sunday.
Elsewhere, An Giang overcame Long An on penalties after a 2-2 draw between the V.League 2 sides, while there were also wins for V.League 1 teams Da Nang and Song Lam Nghe An, who defeated Hue and Binh Dinh respectively.
The five remaining first round fixtures will take place on Monday.
Meanwhile, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors maintained their perfect start to the K League season to claim their third win in a row and move clear at the top, while there were mixed fortunes for the Japanese contingent in Germany’s top two divisions.
Elsewhere, the China PR national team took on Shanghai SIPG in a friendly, there are new league leaders in Chinese Taipei and the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) announced its all-time Best XI