V.League 2018: Oseni hat-trick ensures resounding Hanoi FC win at SHB Da Nang

Sunday, 2018-04-15 08:31:30
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Nigerian striker Oseni shines with a hattrick against SHB Da Nang.
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NDO – Nigerian striker Oseni scored a hat-trick as Hanoi FC thrashed SHB Da Nang 4-0 in their trip to Hoa Xuan Stadium on April 14, as part of the fifth round of the Nuti Café V.League 2018.

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The encounter had been highly anticipated by the fans as the two sides’ lineups featured many players from Vietnam’s U23 team which delivered a stunning runner-up finish at the recent 2018 AFC U23 Championship in China.

SHB Da Nang headed into the fixture determined to avenge their winless streak against Hanoi over the recent V.League seasons. A win on home turf would have helped manager Nguyen Minh Phuong’s side to dethrone Hanoi FC from the top of the table.

Meanwhile, Hanoi FC is proving itself as odds-on favourites for the 2018 V.League trophy. Possessing a strong lineup of quality players, such as Thanh Luong, Van Quyet, Quang Hai, and Oseni, it was little surprise as manager Chu Dinh Nghiem’s side took control of the match.

Van Quyet threatened the home side with a volley off the crossbar after 13 minutes, before his teammate Oseni was denied a goal due to an offside flag 16 minutes later

Hanoi FC’s unceasing efforts finally paid off four minutes before half time, as Oseni opened the scoring with an eye-catching shot in the 16m50 area.

Manager Nguyen Minh Phuong brought forward Do Merlo onto the field to strengthen Da Nang’s attacking power, but only to see the deficit extended to 3-0, as Nigerian striker, Oseni, completed his hat-trick with a header (69’) and a shot (80’) on target from close range.

Substitute Minh Di dealt the last blow on the host team with the fourth goal for Hanoi FC one minute from time.

With the convincing victory, manager Chu Dinh Nghiem’s side continue to fly high on top of the V.League 2018 table with 13 points, three points clear of second-place Quang Ninh Coal, who suffered a narrow 0-1 defeat at Sanna Khanh Hoa BVN on April 13.

In the other Saturday matches, Saigon scored their first win of the season by beating Hoang Anh Gia Lai 3-1, while V.League newbies Nam Dinh remain rooted to the bottom position following their 1-3 defeat to Ho Chi Minh City on their home turf.