Hanoi FC restore five-point lead at top after resounding win against Nam Dinh

Thursday, 2019-09-12 10:26:00
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Hanoi FC players (in blue) celebrate scoring against Nam Dinh FC during their V.League matchday 22 meeting at Hang Day Stadium on September 11. (Photo: NDO/Tran Hai)
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NDO – Hanoi FC continued to solidify their reign on top of the V.League table with five points clear after easing past Nam Dinh FC 6-1 at home in a rescheduled fixture of matchday 22 on September 11.

Inspired by the home-field advantage, Chu Dinh Nghiem’s troops started the match confidently, aspiring to avenge their 0-2 away defeat against the guests in the first leg.

With many attacking stars in their lineup, including Quang Hai, Van Quyet and Pape Omar, it was not surprising that Hanoi FC took control of the match right from the first whistle.

The hosts needed only six minutes to open the scoring, with Van Quyet being knocked down in the box and teammate Pape Omar successfully converting the resulting penalty to put his side in front.

Striker Nguyen Van Quyet contributes a brace to Hanoi FC's resounding victory. (Photo: NDO/Tran Hai)

The early opener, however, could not discourage Nam Dinh FC, as the guests fought back strongly to level the game 16 minutes later with a close-range header by Diogo, assisted by a corner-kick from Le Sy Minh.

The following minutes saw Hanoi FC demonstrate their absolute power, pouring constant attacks onto the away side’s half, which paid off with a brace by striker Van Quyet (27’, 37’), gifting the reigning champions a 3-1 lead into half-time.

Hanoi FC midfielder Nguyen Quang Hai in action during the match. (Photo: NDO/Tran Hai)

The second half again witnessed a lopsided game in favour of the home side. The spirited Hanoi players utilised their psychological advantage to score three additional goals thanks to Papa Ibou Kebe (54’), Pape Omar (68’) and Thanh Luong (83’), thus sealing a convincing 6-1 victory against Nam Dinh FC.

With the triumph, Chu Dinh Nghiem’s side continue to sit firmly at top five points clear of Ho Chi Minh City. With just four matches left to play in the 2019 season, Hanoi FC are moving very close to the goal of defending their V.League title.