V.League 1: Viettel FC and Hanoi FC play out goalless draw

Friday, 2020-10-30 10:12:19
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Both teams could not convert any of opportunities into a goal throughout the match. (Photo: NDO/Tran Hai)
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NDO – Viettel FC still retained their right to self-determination in the V.League 1 title race after holding reigning champions Hanoi FC to a goalless draw in their capital derby at Hang Day Stadium on October 29.

Both teams created several opportunities to score, but failed to convert any of them into a goal before the final whistle.

The result has helped Viettel FC safeguard their two-point lead over their city rivals and remain the odds-on favourites to take the overall trophy, with just two games left to go this season.

Given its significance, the match took place fiercely with constant attacks deployed by both sides.

Hanoi FC's captain Nguyen Van Quyet (L) in action during the match. (Photo: NDO/Tran Hai)

It was not until a few minutes before halftime that the first clear-cut chance was produced, with Rimario’s brilliant left-wing cross placing Pape Omar in a one-on-one with the Viettel goalkeeper; however, he could not beat goalie Nguyen Manh to open the scoring for Hanoi FC.

Ten minutes into the second half, the Senegalese striker wasted an additional opportunity firing a header off the post despite being left unmarked.

The following minutes saw Viettel squander their chances, with veteran forward Nguyen Trong Hoang twice shooting at goalkeeper Tan Truong face to face.

The two goalkeepers perform brilliantly during the match. (Photo: NDO/Tran Hai)

With the draw, Viettel remain on top of the table, but they are now only one point clear of second-placed Saigon FC, who edged out Quang Ninh Coal 2-1 thanks to Pedro’s brace to reignite their hopes of contending for the crown.

V.League 1 continues today (October 30) with the five remaining clashes of the second phase’s Matchday 5, including Becamex Binh Duong vs Hong Linh Ha Tinh, Ho Chi Minh City vs Hoang Anh Gia Lai, SHB Da Nang vs Thanh Hoa FC, Song Lam Nghe An vs Nam Dinh FC, and Hai Phong FC vs Quang Nam FC.