V.League Round 18 Review:

A tragic round for the table’s bottom half

Monday, 2018-07-09 16:32:43
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Nghe An players celebrate their victory over V.League newbies Nam Dinh.
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NDO – The 18th round of the 2018 V.League turned out to be a tragedy for the latter half of the provisional table, as former champions Becamex Binh Duong were the only team to successfully avoid a defeat.

Despite their home-field advantage, newly promoted Nam Dinh FC again missed the opportunity to break out of the bottom three teams, losing 2-3 to Song Lam Nghe An, which was their second consecutive defeat after an impressive four-game unbeaten run (three wins, one draw). Nam Dinh’s defeat took place at a critical moment of the season, as the 2018 V.League has only eight matches left to go. If the league newbies continue to drop points, there will be hardly any chance for them to correct their mistakes, which also means that Nguyen Van Sy’s side will face the prospect of being relegated at the end of the 2018 season.

Meanwhile, by bagging the full three points at Thien Truong stadium, Song Lam Nghe An successfully avenged their unexpected 0-1 loss at home to the newly promoted team in the first leg of the tournament. The victory also helped Nguyen Duc Thang’s side to extend their winning streak in V.League to six games as they climb to fifth position in the provisional table with 26 points, only two behind the closest team above, Quang Ninh Coal.

Ho Chi Minh City continue to get stuck at the bottom of the standings following their heavy defeat at Hanoi FC.

Unsurprisingly, Ho Chi Minh City conceded a bitter 3-6 defeat at Hanoi FC, who have been dominant in the provisional table with a 16-point advantage over the second-place team. There was little that Toshiya Miura’s team could do against an in-form Hanoi during a clash in which Hanoi’s attacking trio, namely Van Quyet, Quang Hai and Hoang Vu Samson, delivered a terrific showing, accounting for all the six goals scored for Chu Dinh Nghiem’s side. The humiliating defeat pushes HCM City deeper into crisis, as they have now gone 11 V.League games without a win. Meanwhile, the resounding victory means Hanoi FC are one step closer to the early 2018 V.League crown.

There was no miracle for XSKT Can Tho during their trip to fourth-placed Quang Ninh Coal, as Dinh Hong Vinh’s side conceded five goals and only managed to score one consolation. The heavy loss keeps the Mekong Delta team rooted to 11th position with 17 points, one point clear of Saigon FC, placed third from bottom. Meanwhile, with their victory, Quang Ninh Coal have quenched their thirst for a win following five consecutive matches of draws and losses, thus boosting their confidence and spirit for the remaining stage of this year’s title race.

Saigon FC succumbed to the same destiny as XSKT Can Tho, as they faced much higher rated opponents, FLC Thanh Hoa, who remain unbeaten in five consecutive matches, including four victories. With Saigon slipping, the race to avoid relegation still surrounds three names, including Saigon, Nam Dinh and HCM City.

Becamex Binh Duong were the only team of the table’s latter half to secure a point last weekend following their 4-4 tie with reigning champions Quang Nam. With this result, manager Tran Minh Chien’s side created a safe gap of five points with the bottom group.

The provisional table of the 2018 V.League after Round 18

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