AFC Cup 2019

Hanoi FC earn emphatic away victory over Yangon United

Thursday, 2019-04-18 10:13:06
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Hanoi FC’s Ganiyu Oseni (No. 90) in action with Yangon United’s Min Ko Thu during their AFC Cup Group F encounter at the Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar, on April 17. (Photo: Hanoi FC)
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NDO – A brace from Ganiyu Oseni and a hat-trick by Pape Omar helped Hanoi FC to come from behind to beat hosts Yangon United in matchday four of AFC Cup’s Group F in Yangon, Myanmar, on April 17.

Having lost to the Myanmar champions in their previous encounter two weeks prior, the Vietnamese side knew they had to win to preserve their hopes of progressing from the group stage.

Meeting again on Wednesday, after the shock 1-0 defeat to the Burmese side two weeks ago, Hanoi kick-started the game at the Thuwunna Stadium in high determination to get "revenge" on their opponents. With continuous attacks from the very beginning, the Vietnamese team quickly got their opener in the 3rd minute. National squad star Quang Hai received the ball in the penalty area and passed it to Omar to easily slot into the empty net.

The early goal helped push up the game speed and the next goal came as an inevitable consequence in the exciting tit-for-tat play. The home side responded 10 minutes later as Sekou Sylla made no mistake to knocked out goalkeeper Van Cong to equalise 1-1.

Yangon United had their second goal in the 26th minute from a counter attack that allowed Vinicius Miller to tap it in, helping the Myanmar champions take a 2-1 lead.

The away victory helps Hanoi consolidate their second place in Group F with seven points after four matches. (Photo: Hanoi FC)

Conceding two consecutive goals, Hanoi promptly proved their bravery while maintaining the spirit and calmly organising attacks. In the final 12 minutes of the first half, the best foreign striker of the 2018 V.League 1 season, Oseni, completed his double in the 33rd and 47th minutes to put Hanoi in a 3-2 lead at half-time.

In the second half, the momentum continued to be maintained by coach Chu Dinh Nghiem’s side, however, Hanoi played somewhat slowly to control the game speed and waited for their opportunities with unexpected acceleration phases. After missing several good chances, Hanoi finished emphatically in the last 10 minutes with Omar Faye completing his hat-trick with two quick goals in the 81st and 83rd minutes to seal a valuable three points for the visitors.

AFC Cup’s Group F rankings. (Photo: AFC)

The away win helps Nghiem’s side consolidate their second place in the 2019 AFC Cup’s Group F with seven points after four matches, three behind leaders Tampines Rovers (Singapore), who beat Naga World (Cambodia) 4-2 later the same day.

Hanoi will next play the Cambodian side Naga World, who they defeated 10-0 earlier in the campaign.