HCM City beat Ha Noi to take lead from Ha Tay
HA NOI — HCM City upstaged rivals Ha Noi 2-0 in their second game to take the lead from Ha Tay in the National Women’s Championship .
Wednesday’s game was similar to their first game last week in Ha Tay, in which Ha Noi controlled the match for the first 15 minutes.
However, this time it was HCM City who took the lead when Do Hong Tien opened the scoring with a magnificent goal 16 minutes in.
In a high-paced move coming down the left, Tien received a pass that took her past Tran Thi Thao and beat keeper Hoang Thi Bang to score.
The opener gave HCM City confidence while the Ha Noi players’ heads dropped.
Eleven minutes later, Hong Nga sealed the win when she found the net with a blistering strike from outside the box.
Ha Noi recovered after the break to retake control of the match in an opening period which saw Tuyet Mai miss two scoring chances.
But Ha Noi lost their way later in the half and HCM slowed play down and focused on protecting their lead.
The victory puts HCM City on top with 16 points, replacing Ha Tay who were held to a 1-1 draw by Ha Nam in a match that was played earlier on Wednesday.
Ha Tay, who took the lead with Le Thi Oanh’s 74th minute goal allowed Ha Nam back into the game and Vu Thi Anh equalised just three minutes from time. They are a point behind the leaders and three clear of third-placed Ha Nam.
Ha Noi are in fourth a point behind Ha Nam.
Cua Ong Coal, who have played one game fewer, are second from bottom on four points and Thai Nguyen, who have lost all their six matches, remain bottom.
The championship features six teams who play two rounds of matches. The team with the most points takes the title. — VNS
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