Five talking points from V.League 2019 Matchday 24

Sunday, 2019-09-22 08:48:40
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NDO – Matchday 24 of the 2019 V.League witnessed the conclusion of the title race as Hanoi FC successfully defend their crown with two games in hand, which allows them to turn the focus on the remaining two fronts, the AFC Cup and the National Cup.

Here following are five talking points from the latest V.League action.

1. Hanoi FC crowned champions with two games in hand

Thanh Chung celebrates scoring the solitary goal for Hanoi FC.

Hanoi FC have claimed the overall V.League 2019 trophy with two matches to spare after edging past Song Lam Nghe An 1-0 away on Thursday thanks to a solitary goal by Thanh Chung.

The victory allowed Chu Dinh Nghiem’s side to stay seven points clear of their nearest challengers, Ho Chi Minh City, which cannot be cancelled out regardless of the results of the remaining league games.

2. Hoang Anh Gia Lai make great stride to relegation escape

Hoang Anh Gia Lai have escaped from the red-alert zone in the V.League table following their resounding 5-1 home triumph against Hai Phong FC, in which midfielder Minh Vuong blasted a hat-trick with another two goals scored by Van Toan and Martins.

The newly gained three points lifted Lee Tae-hoon’s troops to 11th place with 29 points, four above the play-off position currently held by Thanh Hoa FC. The Gia Lai team will only need one more win to successfully realise their ambitions of retaining a V.League berth next season.

3. HCM City to wrap up V.League 2019 as runners-up

Despite failing to capitalise on their first-leg lead to win the overall trophy, Ho Chi Minh (HCM) City have delivered an amazing display under the dynasty of manager Chung Hae-seong, especially after they experienced a tough season last year.

The 4-1 win against city neighbours Saigon FC helped HCM City to move ten points clear of third-placed Quang Ninh Coal, with the 2019 V.League only having two more matchdays to go. A runner-up finish is a well-deserved result for the concerted efforts made by Chung and his players throughout the tournament.

4. Drama and thrills added to relegation-escape race

Sanna Khanh Hoa (in yellow) record a crucial win against Nam Dinh FC.

Sanna Khanh Hoa’s 3-0 victory against Nam Dinh has added drama and thrills to the relegation-escape race, as the Khanh Hoa side continue to preserve their hopes of attending the playoff match for a V.League place next season with just one point behind second-from-bottom Thanh Hoa FC.

If Vo Dinh Tan’s troops bagged the full six points in the remaining V.League games, and Thanh Hoa concede another defeat, the direct relegation ticket will belong to the Thanh Hoa team.

Theoretically, 11th-placed Hoang Anh Gia Lai and 12th-placed Nam Dinh FC have still yet to ensure safety, but their chances to avoid the relegation danger are much brighter.

5. The top-three race yet to be finished

White the owners of the V.League top-two places have already been confirmed (Hanoi FC and HCM City, respectively), the top-three race still continues in a nail-biting fashion, as the gap between third-placed Quang Ninh Coal and the eighth-placed team is only three points.

It is likely that the overall third place will be decided on Matchday 26, the last matchday of the 2019 V.League.