Massive win for Hanoi T&T; SHB Danang beat Saigon
Dong Tam Tiles go second in First Division
By Vu Duc - The Saigon Times Daily
HCMC – Hanoi T&T crushed Thanh Hoa 4-2 on Saturday to consolidate top spot in the V-League, while SHB Danang earned an impressive 2-1 victory over Saigon at Chi Lang Stadium on Sunday thanks to a last-gasp winner.
Sunday easily beat Hanoi goalkeeper Duong Hong Son to open the scoring in the 10th minute. Samson Kayode was on target with a neat header leveling the game at 1-1. Thach Bao Khanh was felled by Le Bat Hieu in the penalty area in the 30th minute with Nguyen Ngoc Duy putting Hanoi 2-1 up at the break.
Hosts Thanh Hoa were reduced to 10 men when Lemessa Fikru Teferra was sent off in the 47th minute.
However, Le Quoc Phuong equalized for the home side in the 58th minute with a penalty when Ngoc Duy deliberately handled in the box.
Khanh and Kayode, though, made sure of victory for the leaders. Hanoi T&T’s Cristiano Rocha Roland was sent off in the 90th minute after receiving his second yellow card.
With the victory, Hanoi have 36 points, just one point ahead of second-placed SHB Danang.
Danang striker Krisztian Timar opened for his team in the 18th minute before Huynh Kesley Alves equalized for Saigon in the 34th minute with a penalty before Klechkaroski Nicolche won the game 2-1 in injury time.
Danang are now four points ahead of Saigon.
Hanoi FC beat visitors Hoang Anh Gia Lai 3-2 at Hang Day Stadium. Le Cong Vinh, Tran Dinh Hung and Anjembe Timothy scored for the home side, while Aganun O. Olushola and Khuat Huu Long netted for the visitors.
With the victory, Hanoi FC move into eighth with 25 points, level with seventh-placed Thanh Hoa.
Defending champions Song Lam Nghe An drew 1-1 with Becamex Binh Duong at Vinh Stadium to sit fourth on 27 points but their chances of regaining their title are slipping away fast.
In the relegation battles, Kienlongbank KG won 1-0 at home to Khatoco Khanh Hoa while Navibank Saigon were held 0-0 by Dong Thap at Thong Nhat Stadium.
Kienlongbank climb to 12th on 23 points while Khanh Hoa fall into the relegation zone with 19 points.
Haiphong on 11 points now look doomed after losing 3-0 to XM The Vissai Ninh Binh.
* Dong Tam Long An Tiles moved into second place in the First Division after beating HCMC 2-0 at home on Saturday while Tay Ninh earned their third victory over Junior SHB Danang at Chi Lang Stadium.
Round 19 results
Thanh Hoa 2 Hanoi T&T 4
Haiphong 0 Ninh Binh 3
Kienlongbank 1 Khanh Hoa 0
Hanoi FC 3 Hoang Anh 2
Danang 2 Saigon XT 1
Navibank SG 0 Dong Thap 0
Song Lam 1 Binh Duong 1
TDC Binh Duong 1 Hanoi 2
Can Tho 2 An Giang 2
Quang Nam 1 Quang Ninh 1
Lam Dong 2 Dong Nai 2
Junior Hanoi 1 Binh Dinh 1
Junior Danang 0 Tay Ninh 1
Dong Tam 2 HCMC 0
Two goals from Gonzalez C. Pablo in the 59th minute and Nguyen Thanh Hai in the 90th minute helped Dong Tam Tiles climb to second from seventh, eight points behind leaders Hanoi, who beat TDC Binh Duong 2-1 in Binh Duong Province.
Binh Dinh were held 1-1 by Junior Hanoi at Hang Day Stadium, dropping to third 29 points, just one point clear of fourth-place Can Tho, who tied 2-2 with Hung Vuong An Giang in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho.
Can Tho, Quang Ninh Coal, who tied 1-1 with Quang Nam at Tam Ky City, An Giang and Dong Nai, who were held 2-2 by Lam Dong in Dalat City, have 28 points each from 19 games.
Tay Ninh gained a 1-0 victory over Junior SHB Danang but they are still bottom with 14 points.