Five talking points from 2019 V.League Matchday 13

Monday, 2019-06-17 16:29:05
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Song Lam Nghe An players celebrate their matchday 13 victory against Hoang Anh Gia Lai.
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NDO – The first leg of the 2019 V.League has concluded with seven interesting and thrilling matches. Here are five talking points from the weekend’s V.League action.

1. HCM City officially crowned first-leg champions

Ho Chi Minh City (in red) are now two points clear at top of the table.

Living up to fans’ expectations, Ho Chi Minh City and Thanh Hoa FC produced an exciting match with constant tit-for-tat attacks on each other’s goal. Although both failed to score throughout the 90 minutes, a point from the goalless draw could be seen as an acceptable result for Chung Hae-seong’s side.

HCM City went through 13 games of the first leg with eight wins, three draws and just two losses, remaining on top of the table two points clear of reigning champions Hanoi FC. This will be a huge source of motivation and a big advantage for the southern team going into the second leg of the 2019 title race.

2. Song Lam Nghe An quench six-game thirst for victory

After a six-game winless run, Song Lam Nghe An finally rediscovered the joy of victory as they beat Hoang Anh Gia Lai with three unanswered goals on home soil last weekend.

The straight win has lifted Nguyen Duc Thang’s side to fourth place in the table with 21 points, allowing them to continue fostering their title hopes against the top three teams – HCM City (27 points), Hanoi FC (25 points) and Quang Ninh Coal (21 points).

3. Hanoi FC narrow gap with title leaders HCM City

With Ho Chi Minh City missing out on a win in their last two matches, Hanoi FC took advantage of their golden chance to reduce the gap with Chung Hae-seong’s side in the title race.

The reigning champions are now just two points behind leaders HCM City as the first leg of the 2019 V.League concludes. This is not a safe margin for Chung Hae-seong and his players, so they need to make better use of opportunities in the second leg in order to realise the goal of lifting the overall trophy this season.

4. Sanna Khanh Hoa and Quang Nam FC in danger

Sanna Khanh Hoa BVN (in blue) are in a serious crisis this season.

The 2019 V.League first leg has officially closed with many surprises, as Sanna Khanh Hoa BVN and 2017 champions Quang Nam FC, who was highly respected at the beginning of the season, settle for bottom places in the table with only two wins after 13 matches.

They are now six and four points adrift of 12th-placed Hai Phong FC, respectively. These two teams are in real danger as in the V.League history, those who stay at bottom after the first leg will rarely escape an inevitable destiny of relegation.

5. Newbies Viettel get timely boost ahead of V.League second leg

V.League newbies Viettel took advantage of their clash against bottom-place Sanna Khanh Hoa BVN to grab the full three points thanks to a solitary goal by Bruno Cantanhede.

The narrow win helped newly appointed Nguyen Hai Bien’s side jump to ninth position in the table nine points clear of the relegation zone. This could be seen as a timely boost to the confidence of the league newcomers ahead of the second leg which promises to be much fierce and tenser.