Five talking points from V.League’s match day 6

Monday, 2019-04-22 17:34:46
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Hanoi FC and Hai Phong players in action during their V.League match at Hang Day stadium on April 21. (Photo: VPF)
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NDO – Match day 6 of the 2019 V.League saw Ho Chi Minh (HCM) City make light work of newly promoted Viettel to stay top of the table with a two point gap, while Thanh Hoa FC are still desperately hunting for their first win of the season.

Here are five talking points from the weekend’s V.League action.

HCM City extend amazing unbeaten run

HCM City continue to fly high at top of the V.League table after their fifth win. (Photo: VPF)

HCM City continued to prove themselves as the odds-on favourites for the 2019 V.League crown by beating newbies Viettel with two unanswered goals. Manager Chung Hae-seong’s side are now flying high in the V.League two points clear at the top following their amazing six-game unbeaten run (five wins and one draw).

Under the dynasty of Chung, HCM City are demonstrating a completely different face in Vietnam’s top-tier league. They have overcome themselves after a forgettable 2018 season in which struggled to escape from the relegation zone, becoming a phenomenon of this year’s V.League.

Stormy trips for the guests

Song Lam Nghe An (in yellow) are the only visitors to bag full three points in match day 6 of the 2019 V.League. (Photo: VPF)

An interesting point of the 2019 V.League is that five out of the seven matches concluded with wins for the home sides. Only the clash between SHB Da Nang and Song Lam Nghe An saw the visitors bag the full three points, in addition to an emotional tie for Sanna Khanh Hoa BVN at Thanh Hoa FC.

Alongside the victorious joy for the hosts, fans also witnessed a number of goals scored in the last minutes of play, including those from Quang Tinh (Song Lam Nghe An), Quang Hai (Hanoi FC) and Trum Tinh (Sanna Khanh Hoa BVN).

Quang Nam FC manage first win in 2019 V.League

Quang Nam captain Dinh Thanh Trung in action during their match with Hoang Anh Gia Lai. (Photo: VPF)

After five games of three draws and two losses, 2017 champions Quang Nam FC eventually managed to secure their first win of the 2019 V.League by defeating Hoang Anh Gia Lai at home with three unanswered goals.

The shining example of captain Dinh Thanh Trung (one goal and one assist), together with two goals by Dinh Thang and Ha Minh Tuan, temporarily rescued Quang Nam FC from the “slough”, although they are now just one point above the relegation zone.

The 3-0 victory is expected to give a strong boost to the confidence of manager Hoang Van Phuc’s side for the upcoming difficult stage of the 2019 V.League.

Thanh Hoa FC remain stuck in seeking first win

The return of forward Rimario has still yet to help Thanh Hoa FC taste the flavour of a victory this season. (Photo: VPF)

Defending runners-up Thanh Hoa FC are still desperately hunting for their first win of the 2019 V.League season after they played out a 2-2 draw with Sanna Khanh Hoa BVN last weekend. Despite taking the lead twice, manager Nguyen Duc Thang’s troops could not defend their advantage until the final whistle, as Trum Tinh managed to equalise the score for the guests two minutes into second-half injury time.

However, it is undeniable that the Thanh Hoa players showed a strong fighting spirit throughout the match. The return of forward Rimario made the home side’s attacks more effective. The Jamaican striker could be seen as the only fulcrum for Thanh Hoa at the moment as they are facing numerous difficulties in terms of their lineup.

After match day 6, Thanh Hoa FC remain the only winless team and are rooted to bottom of the table with just three points after three draws and three losses.

Remarkable shuffles in V.League table

Nam Dinh FC (in yellow) are among the five teams level on six points following their 1-0 win against Becamex Binh Duong. (Photo: VPF)

The V.League table saw remarkable changes after match day 6, as Song Lam Nghe An snatched third place from Hai Phong FC, while the disappointing 0-3 defeat at Quang Nam FC put Hoang Anh Gia Lai into the ‘dangerous zone’ and rescued the Quang Nam team from the bottom-three places for the first time this season.

Despite certain shuffles in the teams’ ranking, the point gap between them still remains very narrow. There are up to five teams level on six points, and even Quang Nam FC, currently in eighth position, are only three points away from bottom-placed Thanh Hoa FC. 12th-placed Viettel are just two points fewer than sixth-placed Saigon FC, and theoretically, the V.League newbies are quite capably of breaking into the top half of the table after match day 7 this weekend. Given the fact, the upcoming stage of the 2019 title race promises to be thrilling and interesting.