V.League 1-2021 Matchweek 10

Title holders Viettel FC rout Quang Ninh Coal to extend winning streak

Saturday, 2021-04-17 09:29:19
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V.League 1 - Matchweek 10 - Viettel FC vs Quang Ninh Coal - Hang Day Stadium - April 16, 2021 Viettel FC's Nguyen Trong Hoang and Caique celebrate their goal during the match. (Photo: NDO/Tran Hai)
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NDO – Title holders Viettel FC continued to build on their winning run by edging past third-placed Quang Ninh Coal 2-1 at home on April 16, remaining hot on the heels of V.League 1 leaders Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL).

An own goal by Duy Khanh and a well-placed strike by Caique in the first half proved enough to secure the hosts their fifth consecutive victory, although Eydison managed to pull a goal back for the guests shortly after the break.

Truong Viet Hoang’s side are now equal with HAGL on 22 points, but Kiatisuk’s troops still have the chance to move further ahead at top if they beat Hanoi FC in their home clash against former league winners Hanoi FC tomorrow (April 18).

After a bitter 0-3 defeat against HAGL (Round 5), Viettel came round and gradually found back the inherent rhythm of the reigning champions, winning the following four matches with a clean sheet to take second place only three points adrift of HAGL as of this round.

(Photo: NDO/Tran Hai)

Such brilliant form inspired Viettel players’ confidence and enabled them to produce a fabulous start to the home clash against Quang Ninh Coal on Friday. After only four minutes, Truong Viet Hoang’s troops opened the scoring with Nguyen Trong Hoang’s right-flank cross being deflected and converted into a goal by Quang Ninh’s Duy Khanh, who had stretched out his leg for a save.

In the 11th minute, Viettel should have paid for goalkeeper Nguyen Manh’s careless ball handling, but the bar rescued them from an unstoppable shot by Trung Hieu from outside the box.

Quang Ninh Coal, however, were not as lucky as their hosts. In the 37th minute, goalkeeper Hoai Anh failed to block a long pass from midfield, allowing Venancio Caique to burst through and blast a quick fire past defender Tien Duy to gift Viettel a two-goal advantage going into halftime.

(Photo: NDO/Tran Hai)

Shortly after the break, Quang Ninh Coal reignited their hopes of turning things around as Tran Trung Hieu headed the ball back to Eydison who drove a powerful left-footed strike to narrow the gap. However, that turned out to be the last stir they could create. Viettel FC tightened their defence for the remainder of the match and even came close to extending their lead a number of times.

With the 2-1 score unchanged until the final whistle, Truong Viet Hoang’s side grabbed three additional points to solidify their second position in the table. Meanwhile, the second successive defeat has brought Quang Ninh Coal to the verge of being knocked out of the top three after this round.

V.League 1-2021 will continue today (April 17) with three other Round 10 clashes, including Song Lam Nghe An vs Hong Linh Ha Tinh, Topenland Binh Dinh vs Thanh Hoa FC, and Saigon FC vs Hai Phong FC.