Hanoi FC claim third Super Cup after comeback win against HCM City

Monday, 2020-03-02 08:03:15
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Hanoi FC celebrate their third National Super Cup title. (Photo: VFF)
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NDO – Hanoi FC came from behind to edge past Ho Chi Minh City 2-1 on Sunday (March 1) to win the 2019 National Super Cup, which was their third Super Cup title, along with the 2010 and 2018 triumphs.

HCM City made a dreamy start to the match with an opening goal by forward Nguyen Cong Phuong early in the first half. However, an own goal by Cong Thanh (30’) and a strike by Pape Omar (45’) denied Chung Hae-seong’s side the crown.

The victory made Hanoi FC the second team, after Becamex Binh Duong (2015), to have clinched all the three domestic titles in one season, including the V.League, the National Cup and the National Super Cup.

Hanoi FC suffered a setback shortly after the first whistle, as centre back Do Duy Manh unexpectedly had to leave the field due to injury.

In the 19th minute, on-form Cong Phuong fired HCM City ahead with a powerful strike from 25 metres. It was the third consecutive match that the Nghe An-born forward scored for Chung’s side.

Forward Nguyen Cong Phuong opens the scoring for HCM City.

Chung’s troops should have doubled their advantage a few minutes later, but goalkeeper Van Cong successfully blocked Phi Son’s shot from the edge of the box within two attempts to rescue the Hanoi side.

After the struggling minutes, Hanoi FC gradually regained their rhythm as the V.League and National Cup champions.

In the half hour mark, Hanoi captain Van Quyet chipped a delightful pass into the box for teammate Hung Dung. However, in an effort to rescue keeper Bui Tien Dung’s goal, defender Nguyen Cong Thanh unexpectedly slotted the ball home, thus gifting Hanoi FC a precious equaliser.

With the parity restored, Chu Dinh Nghiem’s side played more confidently and completed a comeback on the stroke of halftime, as goalie Bui Tien Dung successfully parried a powerful shot by Hung Dung, but could not block Pape Omar’s attempt on the rebound.

In the second half, HCM City made some substitutions aimed at strengthening their attacking power. However, Hanoi FC played solidly and kept the 2-1 score unchanged until the final whistle.

By edging past HCM City, Hanoi FC completed a hat-trick of domestic titles in the 2019 season, the V.League, National Cup and National Super Cup trophies. This is also the first time in history the capital team have attained such an exceptional result.