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Dat Vinh Tien roars to success in Lion City

The 2014 Tiger Street Football series concluded its third and final round on Sunday at a specially constructed pitch on the Singapore Sports Hub’s Riverside Walk.

A vociferous crowd of around 1,500 witnessed Vietnamese side Dat Vinh Tien seal a thrilling 6-3 victory over fellow finalists Blue Wolves of Mongolia, in doing so claiming the top prize of $40,000 in cash.

Cambodian team Daniel FC took a deserved third after edging Singaporeans Touch n Go 4-3. Daniel FC had been handed heartbreak in the semifinals earlier in the day, losing 1-0 to Blue Wolves, while Dat Vinh Tien beat Touch n Go 4-2.

Anachak Baitong of Cambodia finished fifth in the competition, which took in stops at Phnom Penh and the Mongolian capital Ulan Bataar last month.

MNA of Singapore were sixth, Australian squad Latin Lovers came seventh and bringing up the rear were Mongolia’s MNS.

Headlining the event in Singapore on Sunday was a showcase of top regional talent picked by Portuguese legend Deco playing against a team comprised of the former Barcelona and Chelsea playmaker and his national team-mates of yesteryear.

Adding to Deco’s previous round Star Selections of Phon Chanudom and Dani Kouch of Daniel FC and Blue Wolves’ Turbat Daginna were Sim Yi Long from Touch N Go and Dat Vinh Tien’s Nguyen Quoc Bao.

“Football to me has always been about the heart. A game to bring friends together, to challenge one another and to bring out the best in each other,” Deco said in a press release.

“I am so happy to have been part of Tiger Street Football this year [as its Ambassador]. It has been a humbling and enjoyable experience spending time with other players who wear their passion on their sleeves.

“I will take away many memories, especially playing against my talented Star Selections! I wish all the participants the very best and hope they keep their enthusiasm alive, and congratulate Dat Vinh Tien on their great and deserving win.”

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