Five talking points from V.League 2019 Matchday 21

Monday, 2019-08-19 15:19:33
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Hanoi FC continue to lead the V.League table with five point clear after Matchday 21.
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NDO – Matchday 21 of the 2019 V.League saw Ho Chi Minh (HCM) City terminate their four-game winless run, while Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) and Thanh Hoa FC fell to the danger zone after straight defeats.

* Hanoi FC move closer to V.League trophy after SHB Da Nang win

* V.League: Song Lam Nghe An outplay Khanh Hoa to climb to fourth place

* V.League: HCM City beat Quang Ninh to foster title hopes

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

HCM City quench four-game thirst for victory

HCM City (in red) have claimed their first win in five matches on Matchday 21.

After a four-game winless run, including two consecutive defeats against underdogs Sanna Khanh Hoa BVN and Quang Nam FC, HCM City regained their rhythm beating Quang Ninh Coal 3-1 at home on Saturday.

A double by Mansary and a beautiful goal from Quang Nam earned Chung Hae-seong’s side the full three points, allowing them to continue chasing leaders Hanoi FC from five points behind with five matchdays left to go.

HAGL, Thanh Hoa slip to danger zone after straight losses

Thanh Hoa FC (in yellow) are in a serious crisis failing to earn a single point and conceding up to 11 goals in their last three matches.

Thanh Hoa FC and HAGL have been pushed down to third from bottom and the penultimate place following their respective 0-3 defeats against Hai Phong FC and Becamex Binh Duong over the weekend. HAGL are now only three points above bottom-placed Khanh Hoa, while Thanh Hoa are five points clear. Thanh Hoa are in a particularly serious crisis, failing to earn a single point and conceding 11 goals in their last three matches.

Unless they achieve positive results in the remaining five matchdays, both teams will face the risk of being relegated to the First Division at the end of the season, especially as Khanh Hoa have recently been showing signs of recovery to narrow their fragile gap with the above-placed teams.

An unlucky matchday for the hosts

Becamex Binh Duong (in blue) are among the only two home sides to clinch the full three points on Matchday 21.

Five of the seven Matchday 21 fixtures concluded with victories for the guests. Becamex Binh Duong and HCM City were the only two home sides to manage a win last weekend, as they finished off HAGL 3-0 and Quang Ninh Coal 3-1, respectively.

The home defeats dealt big blows to the relegation escape ambitions of Thanh Hoa FC and Sanna Khanh Hoa.

Refereeing work causes annoyance

A topic much discussed after Matchday 21 are the mistakes commited by referees and referee assistants while running the matches. Perhaps, HAGL’s fans still remain annoyed at the decision of referee assistant Nguyen Trung Nam to recognise the goal scored off-side by Ho Sy Giap (Becamex Binh Duong). When the score was 1-0 in favour of the Binh Duong side, HAGL were gradually rediscovering their form. Sy Giap’s goal took the wind out of the guests’ sail, affecting not only the score but also HAGL’s mood in the remainder of the match. With such a serious mistake, assistant Nguyen Trung Nam has been suspended until the end of the season, together with some other referees and assistants who committed mistakes in the previous matchdays.

Unexpected injuries

Viettel midfielder Nguyen Trong Hoang (in red) has also been diagnosed with torn thigh muscle and will need one month to recover.

After the SHB Da Nang - Hanoi FC clash, manager Chu Dinh Nghiem, the coaching staff and fans of the capital team received bad news with defender Doan Van Hau having suffered a knee injury which will keep him out for at least 4-5 weeks. In the context that Hanoi FC are playing on three fronts, Van Hau’s injury is predicted to cause numerous difficulties for Chu Dinh Nghiem’s side.

In addition to Van Hau, Viettel midfielder Nguyen Trong Hoang has also been diagnosed with a torn thigh muscle and will need one month to recover. The serious injuries suffered by the two pillars of the Vietnam national team have possibly put head coach Park Hang-seo on pins and needles as Vietnam are going to play guests against Thailand early next month in the second round of the Asian qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup.