>>> V.League: Hanoi FC stop HCM City’s fairytale run Thanh Hoa FC travelled to Hoang Anh Gia Lai with the ultimate goal of scoring their first win of the season. However, their ambition was dealt a big blow as Truong Trong Sang headed the ball home to open the scoring for the hosts after 14 minutes. The unexpected goal forced the guests to intensify their attacks seeking to equalise the score. Thanh Hoa’s efforts paid off in the 26th minute, with foreign midfielder Gramoz slotting in from close range to restore parity. Three minutes after the half hour mark, manager Lee Tae-hoon’s troops cruised ahead for the second time thanks to an attempt by forward Chevaughn Walsh. It was Walsh again who completed a double to make it 3-1 for Hoang Anh Gia Lai just a few minutes after the break. Cornered, Thanh Hoa FC resurged strongly in the hopes of narrowing the gap. However, the reigning V.League runners-up nearly paid a sharp price for their defensive loopholes as Gia … [Read more...] about Late goals rescue Thanh Hoa from defeat at Hoang Anh Gia Lai
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HCM City are experiencing sweet days in the V.League under the dynasty of Republic of Korea manager Chung Hae-seong. After the first five rounds, the southern team, who finished third from bottom last season, have maintained their lead in the title race and are two points clear at the top, following an amazing unbeaten run of four wins and one draw. The home-field advantage and an effective playing style, together with their superior league experience, allow Chung’s players and their fans to look towards a commanding victory over the V.League newbies, who have conceded three defeats out of their last five matches. Despite having rescued themselves from the relegation zone after a narrow 1-0 triumph against Nam Dinh FC, there is little chance for Lee Heung-sil’s Viettel FC to create a miracle in their away game at in-form HCM City. Second-placed Hanoi FC and third-placed Hai Phong FC will clash in the most anticipated fixture of match day 6 as they seek to dethrone HCM City … [Read more...] about V.League preview: HCM City to hold onto top spot?
* V.League: HCM City resume lead in title race after win at Binh Duong * V.League: Newbies Viettel out of relegation zone after home win Playing host to a Thanh Hoa side that is falling into crisis this season with only two points after four games, Nghe An manager Nguyen Duc Thang was confident towards the full three points against the reigning runners-up. However, Song Lam Nghe An’s victorious ambition was dealt a big blow, as foreign striker Alves Marcio was sent off for fouling Dinh Tien Thanh just a few minutes into the match. Regardless of such a big advantage, out-of-form Thanh Hoa played in deadlock and failed to create any noticeable opportunities in the following minutes. Three minutes before the half hour mark, Thanh Hoa FC’s Xuan Cuong infringed Dinh Hoang in the box, gifting Song Lam Nghe An a penalty. From the spot, Khac Ngoc easily beat the Thanh Hoa keeper to put his team in front. The guests came close to equalising the score early in the second half as Bui … [Read more...] about V.League: Ten-man Song Lam Nghe An outclass Thanh Hoa FC 1-0
>>> Quang Nam FC secure first point after draw with Hanoi FC The last match of the second round at the Wake-up 24/7 V.League 1-2019 took place at Go Dau Stadium on Sunday evening. Despite their home advantage, Binh Duong entered the game quite cautiously. Meanwhile, the visitors, who trounced Viettel 3-1 in their opener last week, played on the attack right from the first minutes, thanks to pressure created by active strikers Do Merlo and Duc Chinh. However, Binh Duong opened the scoring in the 18th minute, as Da Nang’s defender Thanh Thinh suddenly scored an own goal as the ball deflected into the net from Dong Trieu’s finish. The goal changed the game’s situation as hosts Binh Duong strengthened attacks and found their second goal just three minutes later. Sy Giap won the ball from the midfield and braced down before accurately finishing to double the scoring for Binh Duong. Taking the lead by two goals, the home team continued to increase the pressure on … [Read more...] about V.League 1: Binh Duong climb to third place with convincing win over Da Nang
The two teams produced an exciting attacking match for the fans. Newly promoted Viettel were craving a victory to affirm themselves following their humiliating opening loss against SHB Da Nang. Meanwhile, the guests Thanh Hoa were in good form after their first-round draw with Becamex Binh Duong. The clash started at a lightning pace, with Viettel utilising their home-field advantage to create many clear-cut opportunities. The host almost opened the scoring twice in the first 20 minutes as Van Thiet’s strike hit the crossbar (11’) before Vu Minh Tuan’s close-range attempt was also denied by the woodwork (20’). However, local supporters did not have to wait so long to celebrate, because just two minutes later, Brazilian forward Joao Paulo produced a cunning header inside the penalty box to put the V.League newcomers in front. After the goal, Thanh Hoa FC intensified their offense seeking to equalise the score. The visitors created some dangerous chances, but … [Read more...] about Joao Paulo, Tien Dung on target as Viettel edge out Thanh Hoa 2-1