Toyota V-League 1 Round 16
Hanoi FC fall further behind Thanh Hoa after home loss
Monday, 2017-07-03 04:58:51
NDO – Reigning champions Hanoi FC were unable to maintain their two-point deficit with leaders FLC Thanh Hoa after succumbing to a home 2-3 defeat at Sanna Khanh Hoa BVN in the 16th round of the 2017 V-League at My Dinh Stadium on July 2.
Ahead of the match, Hanoi were under huge pressure after Thanh Hoa brilliantly finished off Hoang Anh Gia Lai 5-3, thus widening their gap with Hanoi to five points in the provisional V-League standings.
As a result, Hanoi proactively deployed attacks right from the first whistle, targeting a win to stay on track in the race for the season’s overall title.
The host team could have enjoyed a sweet start to the match after only 14 minutes of play, but Van Quyet missed the opportunity with his penalty kick hitting the post.
The wasted chance forced Hanoi to pay sharply as Duy Thanh produced a powerful strike to put Khanh Hoa in front just two minutes later.
Despite dominating ball possession in the following minutes, Hanoi remained unsuccessful in finding an equaliser. Hung Dung missed the chance to level the game after failing to beat the Khanh Hoa goalkeeper in a face-to-face.
On the other side of the field, the guests’ counterattack strategy caused a lot of difficulties for the home side. Two minutes after the hour mark, Quoc Chi doubled Khanh Hoa’s advantage with a cunning freekick right outside the box.
With just ten minutes to play, Khanh Hoa dealt a big blow on Hanoi’s ambitions for a resurgence when Zarour headed home a third goal for the guest side.
In the 83rd minute, Hanoi earned a penalty following Zarour’s infringement on Van Hau in the box. Van Quyet redeemed himself with a successful converter, thereby reducing the gap to 1-3 for the reigning champions.
Loris narrowed the score to 2-3 three minutes into injury time; however, it was also Hanoi’s last goal in the match.
Despite still maintaining their second place after the home loss, Hanoi FC is now five points adrift of leaders FLC Thanh Hoa and only one point ahead of third-placed Quang Ninh Coal, who edged out bottom-placed Long An with a score of 2-1 on the same day.
In other matches, XSKT Can Tho escaped from the relegation zone thanks to a surprising 2-0 victory over Hai Phong, while Becamex Binh Duong took over from Can Tho in the relegation zone following their 3-4 defeat to SHB Da Nang.
Quang Nam and Ho Chi Minh City recorded respective 1-1 and 2-2 draws against Saigon and Song Lam Nghe An.