V-League: Hanoi FC take top spot after resounding win
Monday, 2017-11-06 03:59:42
NDO – After a goalless first half at Hang Day Stadium, Hanoi FC produced an offensive master class in the second half to claim a fantastic 4-0 win over Ho Chi Minh City and temporarily surge to top spot of the V-League standings following 24 rounds of play.
With their direct title competitors, FLC Thanh Hoa, being held to an unexpected 1-1 draw on November 3, reigning champions Hanoi FC demonstrated strong determination in their quest for victory against the guests from HCM City, in a bid to win the race for the 2017 season’s crown.
Nigerian striker Oseni Ganiyu was positioned by manager Chu Dinh Nghiem as the focal point in the host team’s attack line, receiving support from the satellite trio of Van Quyet, Thanh Luong and Quang Hai.
Oseni proved himself by producing a dangerous shot after just seven minutes, the first noteworthy attempt in the match. Only five minutes later, the Nigerian headed home the opener after Van Quyet’s headed pass; however, the goal was disallowed due to the offside flag.
The next few minutes witnessed Hanoi’s dominance as they produced an array of opportunities to score, but a lack of accuracy prevented them from going ahead.
Notably, Van Quyet’s skilful lob in the 43rd minute successfully beat goalkeeper Xuan Viet but was cleared off the line by centre back Minh Hoa.
The home side’s unceasing efforts paid off 12 minutes after half-time, thanks to Van Quyet’s accurate penalty conversion.
With the deadlock broken, Hanoi FC played with more confidence and scored three additional goals in the last 11 minutes, by Hung Dung (79’), Oseni (83’) and substitute Hoang Vu Samson (90+1’).
The convincing 4-0 win against HCM City lifted Hanoi FC to first place in the V-League standings with 42 points; however, Hanoi’s top position will be reclaimed by Quang Nam if they avoid defeat against Quang Ninh Coal in their 24th round match on November 10.
In the other matches, XSKT Can Tho and Saigon suffered respective 1-2 defeats to Sanna Khanh Hoa BVN and Hoang Anh Gia Lai, while Hai Phong emerged as 2-0 victors over SHB Da Nang.
Long An remain stuck in bottom place of the table following their 2-3 loss against Song Lam Nghe An.
Players of the two teams fight for the ball. (NDO/Tran Hai)