Good afternoon. If you thought that the last game was entertaining, you ain’t seen nothing yet. You’ll recall in the preview for the game that my heart was rooting for Binh Duong, but my head was keeping me in check and informing me that Ha Noi were going to win. Guess what? Neither of them were right. Bloody typical. Ha Noi are a fascinating side for a number of reasons. Firstly, they can score goals for fun. Secondly, they also leak goals like they’re going out of fashion. Tasty. Let’s see what went on.

Max got Becamex Binh Duong off to the best possible start when his wicked free-kick beat the keeper at his near post. He was roughly thirty-yards out and had no real right to score. A fantastic strike, questionable goalkeeping. Binh Duong’s celebrations were cut short eight minutes later when Samson pulled away magnificently from his man and headed Ha Noi level. From that moment, you felt Ha Noi would take charge.

To Van Vu With A Beauty

Ha Noi did anything but take charge. There was only a single minute between Samson bringing Ha Noi level and To Van Vu putting Binh Duong back into the lead. He cut inside from the right and stung the palms of the keeper. However, instead of parrying it out for a corner like he should’ve done, he put it straight back into To Van Vu’s path. Don’t get me wrong, he still had an awful lot to do. He hit it and it stayed hit. Off the post and in. Thwack. Binh Duong were back in the ascendancy. Come on!

Halftime arrived with Binh Duong still maintaining their slender lead. Stick or twist, that is the question. Binh Duong forced a corner five minutes into the second period and they worked it wonderfully well. Max played the ball to the edge of the area where To Van Vu was lying in wait. Ping. First time. 3-1. It was far from over, though.

Do Hung Do Halved Binh Duong’s Advantage

Becamex Binh Duong shot themselves in the foot ever so slightly when a ball was played in the box. It was headed half-clear to the edge of the area. Do Hung Do! No messing about. Pick that one out. 2-3. A nervy last twenty minutes were in store for Binh Duong. Ha Noi knew what needed to be done. Moses brought Ha Noi back to a level playing field when he headed home at the back post. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Ha Noi always find a way. There was still fourteen minutes left after Moses equalised. Regardless, neither side could get that elusive winner. What a game!

One More Thing

Unlike the other semi-final, this tie is far from over. It would take a brave man to predict the outcome of the return leg in September. I’d adore Binh Duong to progress to the final and get revenge on SLNA for last season. After all, we all live in hope and eventually, it’s the hope that kills us.

Until the next time.