Afternoon. Seeing as a new V-League matchday begins tomorrow, I’m not going to go into as much detail as I normally would. Time is of the essence and all that jazz. Only one player scored more than once last weekend and for once, it wasn’t Ha Noi’s Oseni. Instead, that honour goes to Edward Ofere of Thanh Hoa who bagged two in a win away at Than Quang Ninh. What that means for the table is, only five points separate the teams from second to eleventh. Crazy!
Toure’s Penalty Came Very Late In The Day
Friday’s solitary game saw a late, late penalty from Youssouf Toure steal a point for Sanna Khanh Hoa at the death. Le Hoang Thien had given Sai Gon the lead in the 55th minute.
Da Nang got their first win in a while when they beat a Ho Chi Minh side who are losing to everyone. Goals from Louis Ewonde, Do Merlo and Ho Ngoc Thang ensured that HCM’s journey back to the south of Vietnam was an unhappy one. Speaking of the south, HAGL threw away a lead not once, but twice away at Can Tho.
Tran Minh Vuong gave HAGL the lead after eight minutes, however, Patiyo Tambwe (who else?) levelled things up just before halftime. Can Tho’s second equaliser came through Wander Luiz after Nguyen Cong Phuong had put HAGL back in the lead from the penalty spot.
Binh Duong Are On The Charge! Come On!
We move ever so slightly north to Binh Duong where a last-gasp Nguyen Tien Linh goal gave Becamex a deserved three points. Nguyen Anh Hung drew Hai Phong level after Thanh Thao had put Binh Duong one-up. Nguyen Tien Linh had the last laugh as Binh Duong move up to the dizzy heights of third.
Much like Saturday, there was a trio of games on Sunday as well. Claudecir got Quang Nam a valuable point at home against SLNA after Phan Van Duc put the National Cup holders one to the good. It was a good Claudecir did get the equaliser otherwise Quang Nam would have dropped into the relegation play-off place. How the mighty have fallen.
There were no surprises in Nam Dinh as Ha Noi comfortably saw off the newly-promoted side. A goal in either half from Dao Duy Khanh and Ganiyu Oseni means that Ha Noi now have a six-point lead at the summit. Impressive.
Ofere Did The Business For Thanh Hoa
Our final game is the one we started with. Than Quang Ninh versus Thanh Hoa. Both sides needed the win as much as the other. Ofere got his first goal on the stroke of halftime which changed the way Quang Ninh approached the game in the second-half.
They came flying out the blocks and it didn’t take too long for Eydison to equalise. Seven minutes to be precise. After that, Ofere scored again and Le Quoc Phuong got another just to be sure. That gave Thanh Hoa their first away win of the campaign. The brace from Ofere also condemned Quang Ninh to their first home defeat. Good work Ofere, good work indeed.
Results: Sai Gon 1-1 Sanna Khanh Hoa | Da Nang 3-0 Ho Chi Minh City | Can Tho 2-2 HAGL | Becamex Binh Duong 2-1 Hai Phong | Quang Nam 1-1 SLNA | Than Quang Ninh 1-3 Thanh Hoa | Nam Dinh 0-2 Ha Noi.
Considering it’s Friday tomorrow, here’s the league table just for the hell of it, as well.
If you want more from the V-League, don’t worry, I will be back tomorrow morning with a preview of all the weekend’s action. No drama.
Until the next time.